Galba Bright and I have been discussing the Beyond the Hype Article from the April 2007 PM Network Magazine. Galba's comments in that article spawned a number of questions for me around how best to help individuals improve their level of emotional intelligence.
1) How do we determine where people are? (what is the current level of EQ)
2) Based on where they are, how do we determine their EQ potential?
3) What are the strengths and weaknesses of the tools (training, coaching,books)?
Galba responded to question number one in his post Beyond the Hype Questions - Part 1. After reflecting a bit myself on questions number 2, I wonder if I really asked a valid question. I mean, is there a particular level of EQ potential for each person?
YES, THERE IS A FIXED EQ POTENTIAL for each person
If yes, this would mean that EQ is similar to IQ; it is somewhat fixed, and it is unique to you. That would mean that no matter what steps you took to improve or change your level of emotional intelligence, you could only change it up to your individual potential. Some people would be higher or stronger than others in terms of their emotional intelligence.
This would make emotional intelligence similar to intelligence quotient, or IQ. There is a particular IQ for each person; that IQ represents our ability to learn and it is fixed. We cannot change our IQ.
NO, THERE IS NO FIXED EQ POTENTIAL for each person
If the answer to that question is no, then every person has the same potential to grow and increase their emotional intelligence. We are all on equal footing when it comes to making an investment in ourselves and our emotional growth. This is in agreement with what Daniel Goleman has written about emotional intelligence; that is, we can continue to grow our EQ over our lifetime.
These are my thoughts on the subject and I would love to hear yours.