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What are you doing to become more emotionally intelligent?

Monday Morning Motivation – Emotionally Intelligent

By: Curt Stowers

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Sometimes it helps to get a little dose of encouragement—along with a good cup of coffee!—to start the day. Today we discuss "Emotionally Intelligent."

Hopefully, the message below will help you get off to a good start for the week. Please feel free to forward the newsletter along to others who you think would benefit from the content.

Emotionally Intelligent

Many—make that most—of us will argue that your EQ (emotional intelligence) will trump your IQ when it comes to getting things done.

I could not agree more.

Emotional intelligence was popularized by Daniel Goleman in his book Emotional Intelligence in 1996. He suggested that EQ is composed of five components:

  • Self-awareness – Understanding yourself
  • Self-regulation – Controlling yourself
  • Social skills – Working with others
  • Empathy – Feeling for others
  • Motivation - Drive

As you review these five traits, it quickly becomes evident that possessing these traits has a high degree of correlation to making an impact. In fact, I would argue that these five traits are SUFFICIENT to lead a life of SIGNIFICANCE:

  • Sufficient” defined here as:
    • If you have these conditions, the outcome is guaranteed.
  • Significance” defined here as:
    • Making a positive impact on others’ lives

Think about it:

  • If you have drive, are aware of others’ feelings, work well with others, and understand and control your emotions, how can you NOT make a positive impact on others’ lives?

That being the case, it seems obvious that emotional intelligence trumps traditional measures of intelligence. And, accordingly, it seems that a focus on EQ vs IQ would be quite prudent.

That brings us to this week’s question:

  • What are you doing to become more emotionally intelligent?

Thanks for sharing a bit of your time with me this Monday morning 

Have a great week!



About MMM: Each week I publish “Monday Morning Motivation” in the hopes that at least one person will find a bit of inspiration and that this inspiration will have a positive impact on their life. My motivation comes from experiences, reading, sermons, and discussions.

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