Put simply, Emotional Intelligence is the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one's emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships with balance and empathy. It's often noted that "emotional intelligence is the key to both personal and professional success". But is that really the case and really what it is? And how are these measures of success formulated? It seems a lot of pressure to conform to a perfection that even Nietzsche stated doesn't exist as far back as the late 1880's. So why then, is it that we have people striving for perfection and killing themselves to do this (not in the literal sense, but the pressure sense). And why is it, that people believe making loads of money is the success level we should all achieve? And if we don't, we are simply failures?
Recently, someone who shows great Emotional Intelligence markers is New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern As Ms Ardern has currently shown the world stage, Leadership and ability to navigate a path filled with trepidation and emotion. This extraordinary woman has shown what real Leadership, Emotions and Relationship development along with the importance of Empathy and compacity are, especially when thrown in at the deep end, as a consequence of the dire pursuits of terrorist and it's aftermath.
Ms Ardern's humility and ability to simply convey the very decency of human emotions and care, whilst governing, will be in written up in the history books and student records for many years to come. Which makes me ask, what do you think you would be known for? What drives you? How do you think you will be thought of, by others, colleagues, friends and lovers? Does it matter? I leave this over to you and look forward to reading your comments. Go gently.