How Important is EQ? #BCSLearns

The notion of emotional intelligence has been around for a long time but gained significant momentum from a 1995 book by author Daniel Goleman. In his book, Goleman helps us realize that we ought not only hone emotional intelligence in ourselves but also in the students we serve.  In the 5 minute video below, Goleman unpacks his notion of emotional intelligence into four components.

  • Self Awareness – our moral compass
  • Self Management – handling distress effectively and “marshaling positive emotions”
  • Empathy  – “knowing what someone else is feeling”
  • Social Skills – “skilled relationship”

Have a look at the video below…

If you’re yearning for something a little more light-hearted as it relates to emotional intelligence, check out the great examples of self-awareness demonstrated by George Constanza from Seinfeld.  After all, self-awareness is the first step to nurturing our own emotional intelligence.  In short, as Jerry Seinfeld says to George in the clip, “if every instinct you have is wrong, then the opposite would have to be right.”  Check out the clip below…

Want to view some more video on emotional intelligence, check out Justin Bariso’s post 5 Brilliant TED Talks that Will Increase Your Emotional Intelligence.


5 thoughts on “How Important is EQ? #BCSLearns

  1. Lynne Gillespie

    Two things that can strengthen EQ in my opinion, is education and family. To enhance self awareness, self management, empathy and social skills, family and education can be a huge contributing factor in the development of EQ.

  2. bcscruz

    Though emotional intelligence differs by culture, the four components of EQ -self awareness, self management, empathy, and social skills – are surely determinants that will lead to an awareness and appreciation of those things that diversify us.

  3. Leslie

    Thinking about many of our students, empathy seems an area that could be improved (maybe particularly within the middle school years?) If there is a “program” to help teach and model empathy I could really see the long-term benefits of systematically making that a part of our teaching approach. Challenge day seems like a powerful component to this kind of modeling and fostering of empathy toward one another.

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