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Emotional Intelligence

The discussion of this week's LeaderQuest meeting was focused around emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is defined as an ability to understand and work with the emotions of one's self and others. There are many interesting questions about emotional intelligence in regards to leadership.

  • What is the difference between intelligence as measured by an IQ test and emotional intelligence? Are there any similarities? Are either of them necessary to be a good leader?
  • Is a capacity for emotional intelligence important in our daily lives? In what ways?
  • What are the benefits of being emotionally intelligent in a leadership position?
  • Are there any drawbacks in "utilizing" emotional intelligence when making decisions?
  • How does a discussion about emotional intelligence connect to discussions about values, morals and ethics?
  • What faculties or attributes do you think are necessary to be a good leader? Does emotional intelligence fit into that list? How?
  • Think of several people you know. Who do you perceive as the most emotionally intelligent? What about them leads you to believe this? Who is not as emotionally intelligent? Why?