I teach companies and individuals about developing Emotional Intelligence. I do so because I believe understanding and increasing your EI is key to having a successful company. Also, I agree with all the research that shows that emotional intelligence can be more important than IQ. Studies show the most successful people have both IQ and EI. Not really surprising. What IS surprising is how MUCH your success is dependent on your emotional intelligence. Some studies show that IQ is only responsible for 15% of your success – FIFTEEN PERCENT! Others say at BEST traditional IQ is only responsible for about half of your success. Regardless, we can all agree a large portion of success is attributable to the components of EI – self awareness, self regulation, self motivation, social awareness, building and maintaining relationships.
Clearly, emotional intelligence is important. And this is really good news for the students of a couple of friends of mine (who have no names and teach on Mars. There. Feel better now, unnamed friends?) who turned in the following answers on their tests this week.
Q: Why does S. Africa have a higher per capita income than many other countries in Africa?
A: Because they are closer to the equator.
And this gem
Q: Write a sentence that explains the importance of inventors Wilbur and Orville Wright. Write your answer in the Answer Booklet.
A: The importance of inventors Wilbur and Orville Wright are without Orville we would not have popcorn today.
I love it! As I said, don’t write these kids off … who knows, their EI may just come to the rescue!
Then again, I can remember watching the Miss America pageant once and one of the contestants answered this question:
"What are your views on Affirmative Action?"
"<big, huge, CrestStrip smile> I think it is important for everyone to be positive because it is a positive outlook that um does so much for you and my parents always taught me to be affirmative in everything I do.<bigger, huger, CrestStripier smile>"
She didn’t win. So, you know, I guess you can’t overlook that 15% of IQ.