IQ is Cognitive Intelligence. Cognitive Intelligence involves the ability to reason, plan, solve problems, think abstractly, comprehend complex ideas, learn quickly and learn from experience.
EQ or Emotional Quotient (Emotional Intelligence) is a set of emotional and social skills that collectively establish how we perceive and express ourselves, develop and maintain social relationships, cope with challenges and how we use emotional information in an effective and meaningful way.
A conversation I shared a while back with one of the smartest people I know shed light on a topic I set out to master a few years ago. I have a friend who has a PhD in Math. He was once a college math professor. He has worked in academic, government and private industry roles.
We got into a conversation one day where I learned about the early part of my friend’s career. As a young college math professor, he learned the hard way that his high IQ wasn’t enough to make him successful.
My friend told me that he wished I’d come along to teach him about the value of people and relationships long ago. He learned the hard way that strong emotional intelligence is a requirement and not an option.
This amazingly smart former professor encouraged me to stick with my mission of wanting to help gifted, high IQ technology professionals to get to the next level in their careers by addressing their people skills, social skills, relationship building skills and for some, their leadership skills.
In my Inbox yesterday was an email from the Harvard Business Review. The subject line read like this:
“Unleash your emotional intelligence for a leadership advantage”
HBR was offering a collection of books focused on Emotional Intelligence. This is the real deal folks. There is nothing in my portfolio of work that is more important than the Emotional Intelligence Coaching work I’m fortunate to do with people who are ready to improve.
Jeff Snyder Coaching, 719.686.8810