Recently I attended a breakfast to benefit Jobs Plus, a program run within City Gospel Mission. The premise of the program is to take adults who lack job skills or foundational disciplines and provide them an opportunity to master job skills and transition to gainful employment. Many of these participants are coming from homelessness, drug addiction, or prison.
The meeting was inspirational as it highlighted all that is right with our society. Folks who care dedicating their time and money to folks in need. City Gospel Mission is an example of what is so good about living in the Queen City area.
After breakfast I caught up with my good buddy Darren Baldwin. He is a director for VonLehman & Company, a consulting firm. Darren’s specialty is in human resources.We discussed in great detail the value of emotional intelligence compared to intelligence quotient.
Intelligence Quotient or I.Q., has long been recognized as the standard measurement for someone’s intelligence. However, emotional intelligence, E.Q., as a measurement is increasingly sought by employers. The ability to deal with individuals on an emotional level and to understand group dynamics is increasingly valuable and rare.
Recently, I read the book The 48 Laws of Power, by Robert Greene. Better said, I tried to read it. Something about the premise of the book did not sit well with me.
The book describes the life of courtiers–the members of the king’s court during medieval times. The courtiers had to be manipulative, conniving, and political. In many cases it was a matter of life and death. If you were seen as gaining too much power at court and were perceived as a threat to the king, you might lose your life.
The 48 Laws of Power shows you how to manipulate just like noblemen of old.
Reading this book made me realize, that emotional intelligence without a moral component, a conscience, can be destructive.
For those blessed enough to have a high E.Q., you have a choice–you can use it to your advantage and be a great courtier, or you can use it to make the world a better place.