As part of the Morgan McKinley Success Series, Alan delivered a webinar on the importance of emotional intelligence (EI), and the benefits for those who choose to develop it.
Alan introduces the topic by talking about positive psychology – the scientific study of strengths that allows individuals and teams to thrive. The study is based on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play. Until the 1980’s, psychology was focussed on dysfunction, what wasn’t working and how to alleviate suffering caused by dysfunction. At this point, certain researchers began looking at the scientific conditions under which people flourish. Positive psychology is based on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives and to develop what is best within themselves.
EI is a key component of positive psychology, as it can help people to develop new habits and new ways of thinking. Initially studied by Reuven Bar-On in the 1980’s and popularised by Daniel Goleman in the 1990’s, EI has been proven to be a key indicator of human performance and development. People with higher EI communicate effectively, form strong relationships and can create powerful coping strategies. EI can be measured and, unlike IQ, can be noticeably strengthened and developed.
Alan offers a definition of EI and introduces the EQ-i2.0 model, covering the composite scales of Self-Perception, Self-Expression, Interpersonal Relationships, Decision-Making and Stress Management. This model offers insights on how we view and understand ourselves, how we communicate and build relationships with others, how we solve problems and what coping strategies we can develop and use.
In this engaging webinar, Alan combines academic details around the history of EI, the role of neuroscience in EI, how EI develops over our lifetime with appropriate and entertaining examples of EI in sport, reality television and much more.
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