There is a hypothesis that EQ – Emotional Intelligence – is a reasonable measure and predictor of success. In this chapter, (probably the worst one in a very good book) Siimon outlines the EQ measurements and uses them as a motivational tool to guide the reader to change and ultimately improve personal competencies; which leads us again to the path of success.
He starts by pointing out that the “IQ test” was once a highly valued tool for management and academics. However its logic is now seen as flawed and its relevance to managerial debate has subsequently diminished. Siimon leads the reader through the flaws within the assumptions that a measurement of “intelligence” can be applied to predict success. Siimon instructs the reader that IQ is just one of eight behavioural measurements and its shallowness is revealed when used in isolation of the other seven.
The other (new) measurements can be categorised under EQ – Emotional Intelligence. They are broadly examined and explained beneath two headings; personal competence [Self-awareness, self-regulation and self-motivation] and social skills [Empathy and Social skills].
To the humble business owner, the news is good. When we were tested in early high school for our IQ – and we were ranked quite low (Well I was anyway!) our career and life choices became somewhat limited. The school guidance counsellor tut-tutted and directed us away from a university education. Now there is no ceiling, barring our own MOTIVATION for change.
Why do I argue that this is perhaps Siimons worst chapter? It is because he argues as fact, the ideas put forward by the champions of EQ. As I understand it, there is still to be delivered sufficient empirical evidence to support this view. Further, extensive debate within the exponents of “managerial psychology” is very evident. On the one hand, (As re-stated by Siimon) EQ is an effective measurement and predictor of “things” related to personal success. The opposing argument maintains that EQ is no stronger than IQ has been and must be restricted to perception and interpretation – not prediction until scientific evidence suggests otherwise.
Nonetheless, what did I take from this chapter? That I can be more effective in exercising my emotions to serve me rather than to hinder! That people with a goal oriented focus can get higher success levels.
Take a moment to “rank” yourself out of 10 (1 = low; 10 = high) for these EQ markers. 1. Self-awareness. 2. Self-regulation; 3. Self-motivation; 4. Empathy; 5. Social Skills; Acting on the scores below seven and attempting to improve these, can have profound positive effects on your life.
Now, you can “lift” your EQ levels – unlike the IQ level that cannot be lifted. The bulk of Siimons chapter is in the explanation of each EQ heading and within this understanding providing action steps to begin to improve / increase the EQ of the reader.
Take a MOTIVATION pill. Irrespective of how, or if academics can measure personal competency; if you want it and are prepared to work for it you will ultimately get it.