EQ v/s IQ

Ever since psychologists coined the term “emotional intelligence”, the jury is still out on deciding which one is better EQ or IQ.

Having a good EQ is a higher state of evolution, says behavioral scientist Vaneet Gupta.

Ever since psychologists coined the term “emotional intelligence”, the jury is still out on deciding which one is better EQ or IQ. The answer to that may rest in a conversation that took place 26 years ago between psychology professors, John Mayer and Peter Salovey, in 1987.

Salovey and Mayer were discussing a politician and posed the question: How could someone so smart act so inexplicably dumb? To this, they came to a conclusion—good decision-making requires more than intellect or what we normally call IQ.

IQ is an indicator of cognitive capacity--one`s ability to think and reason. While it is a fairly good indicator of cognitive ability, success and happiness in life depends more on many other factors like ability to relate to people, recognizing one`s own emotions and responding to others` needs. Daniel Goleman termed these traits as emotional intelligence.

If we go back and take a look at the lives of greatest leaders in the history, we can find there is one ability which is common to all of them - ability to inspire people by creating an emotional connect with them.

As Lao Tzu has said, "A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves".

EQ is the ability to allow people to connect their aspirations and dreams and co-creating the desired outcome. Though there is no direct comparison between EQ and IQ, as both are complementary to each other, one can definitely say that having a good EQ is a higher state of evolution than having a good IQ.

The author is an Organisational Development professional with Steel Strips Wheels.

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