October 1, 2013
This month we welcome speaker Laura Belsten to the Cable luncheon to enlighten us about Emotional Intelligence (EQ). The luncheon will be followed by a workshop for those who want to dig deeper into the topic and do some self-exploration. The topic of EQ is an important component in understanding how each of us can raise the prospects for women in society, in the board room, in the workplace.
What makes us different as women and as individuals begins with what makes us the same. The part of the brain we all have that controls emotion, motivation and long term memory, the Limbic System, is central to our level of emotional intelligence (EQ).
EQ defines how we manage behavior, navigate social complexities and make personal decisions that achieve positive results. It has become an important concept in business circles as we ask why some people are more successful than others. Or, as we question why some people are promoted or hired into positions in spite of their obvious inappropriate, boorish, combative, belligerent (I could go on but you get the idea) behaviors.
Women have for over one hundred and fifty years been working to gain gender parity. Still, professional opportunities continue to be different for men and women. In part, this is due to how effectively we position ourselves for opportunities through networking (social navigation), how we ask for what we want (make personal decisions)and how we manage our behaviors.
What makes one person a great leader or a great team mate are grounded in EQ. Research according to The Emotional Intelligence experts Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves in their book, The Emotional Intelligence Quick Book has established that the strongest driver of leadership and personal excellence is high EQ. By contrast, low EQ can be correlated to unmanaged moods of fear, anxiety, and depression as well as physical illness including sleep apnea.
This may come as a surprise to some but there is no difference in EQ by profession or gender. Women actually average higher in EQ than men. As individuals, we can leverage this self-knowledge about our EQ to advance our own successes personally and professionally. Learn about your EQ. Learn how your EQ can facilitate better personal and professional relationships.
The great news is that EQ can be learned over your lifetime. The higher your EQ, the more prepared you are for opportunities on your path.