Saturday, October 08, 2005

IQ or EI

This book sheds some much needed light on emotional intelligence (EI). There is a vast amount of literature that discusses the correlation between one's intelligence quotient (IQ) and earnings. The general consensus - it appears - is that the correlation is positive; as one's intelligence increases, ones earnings should increase as well (though I'm not sure about the proportionality of the increments in earnings. Does the learning curve apply?)

I put forward that emotional intelligence, that is, "the awareness of and ability to manage one's emotions in a healthy and productive manner" is far superior that booksmart IQ. The expression of EI indicates a broader intelligence or skill that involves the ability to perceive, assess and positively influence one's own and other people's emotions. I will go further to suggest that the correlation between EI and earnings should also be positive, over and above the established (though generalised) relationship between IQ and earnings.

Which is more important in life and business, how many academic theories one can regurgitate or one's ability to read between the lines (assuming at least average intelligence)? The former does not guarantee success, however, the second is in itself manifest success.

What do you think is more important EI or IQ?


Blogger Adrian said...

i would like to think that one requires a good portion of each. more iq to get a job, but more eq to keep the job maybe?

(in addition to being at the right place at the right time...)

Monday, October 10, 2005 8:28:00 am  

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