There are many forms of intelligences in the world today that as humans we are tasked with understanding. For the most part in western society we tend to focus heavily on IQ, this emphasis comes dominantly out of early Greek thinking that is deeply ingrained in our western culture and was popularised by the great fathers of early history such as Aristotle and Plato.
We are also still heavily influenced by the renaissance and the thinking paradigms of the 16 and 1700s , this movement was instrumental in bringing most of society out of an ancient mindset into what many label as modern thinking. The power of reason and deduction or critical thought are the children of this movement.
Whilst I believe that most of this was definitely a step forward in the evolution of human development and has spawned the era of the industrial age and now the information age, one of the areas that I believe we as human beings seem to be still lacking in still is the realm of understanding and managing our emotions(EQ).
It is true, that thanks to the great advances in neuro science over the last 5o years, we have more information available to us about how the brain works than ever before and and yet we still seem to in general, have trouble managing our emotions personally and inter-personally.
We are still divorcing one another at a rate of over 50%, we are still killing one another over the colour of our skin or the sound of our accents, we are still in gender wars, age wars and culture wars.
Our courts are full of people who seem to cross ethical lines of conduct and practice with one another. Our political, sports and business leaders seem to continue to buckle under the pressures of their vocation, and behave in some of the most unflattering ways that we could ever imagine.
Im not going to suggest that if all of us were proficient in emotional intelligence that all of these things would magically go away, however I do believe that a society or work culture that is better trained and engaged in the understanding of emotional intelligence will fair much better than the average person who is largely unaware of these dynamics.
If we were able to up skill the average person in our society or workplace in understanding how they are intrinsically wired, why they feel the way they do about certain things and how to understand how the other people they are engaged with daily feel, I believe we could potentially create a more civil, kind and beautiful context for human interactions.
By default this could have a sweeping effect on the emotional environments that we live, work and play in and thus create a context for human flourishing in potentially all areas of life.
So where do we start?
I believe that businesses and organisations can play a pivotal role in this space. It makes good business sense to enhance the emotional literacy and well being of our members and employees. A happy human being is by default a motivated and flourishing human being.
Technology has advanced proficiency in business mechanisms beyond imagination, this trend will continue to sharpen exponentially over the next number of decades. The greatest variable and vulnerabilities for businesses and organisations now rests within the context of their human capital. Thus the enterprises that bring insight and best practices to this space will clearly begin to move to the forefront of their industries.
Coaching in EQ and Mentoring will be a game changer for many companies, this will be such an issue that schools will feel the pressure from government and industries to build more EQ literacy into their IQ crammed programs. Universities will find their social sciences departments overwhelmed by students eager to get into their courses as this will be a highly sought after qualifications for future managers and business leaders.
Welcome to the EQ revolution!
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