Emotional Intelligence

Over the next few weeks I will be writing about emotional intelligence.  This topic has been popularised by the many books of Daniel Goleman bringing the term into every day use. This topic was an important component on my masters degree in Applied Positive Psychology (University of East London).

The introductory lectures on emotional intelligence were enough to prompt me to find out more. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend an Emotional Intelligence Practitioner course held in Cambridge. The lead tutor was David Caruso, one of the co-developers of the psychometric tool, MSCEIT.

I had already been using aspects of emotional intelligence in both my training and coaching practice however now I had a more academic structure. Since completing the training several years ago I have developed specific training programmes including an ILM Development Award called “Emotional Intelligence for Leaders”

I have also adminstered the MSCEIT tool to many of my coaching clients to help them better understand their own responses and what areas they need to develop.

Emotional intelligence is also a key ingredient in our Equine Assisted Leadership programme. In this workshop participants discover more about their own emotionality based on feedback given by the horses they interact with. (Yes it is a workshop with horses, contact me if you want to know more!)

I will start next week with a basic overview including definitions and some background on the academic positioning of emotional intelligence.

Building on this, I will specifically provide an outline of the model developed by Mayer, Salovey and Caruso including their psychometric tool the MSCEIT. I will also provide
some comparisons with other psychometrics in the field.

In future weeks I will explore if and how we can improve our emotional intelligence, and why we might want to do so. During these blogs I will make links to other models and
areas of psychology. It is my intention to share some practical tools for improving your skill in this regard. Both NLP and Transactional Analsyis, for instance, provide very rich tools with this regard.

I have invited Cliff Lansley to write a guest blog on Emotional Awareness and it’s links to
assessing truthfulness and credibility. Cliff runs workshops based on the work
of Paul Ekman. Paul  fully endorses and supports Cliff in the delivery of this training.  The popular TV show “Lie to me” is also based on Paul’s work and while fictional provides some insight into this fascinating and growing field. Cliff’s blog will be published in  a few weeks time.

Do let me know if there is a particular area of Emotional Intelligence you would like to know more about.

About Melody @ GWizlearning

Melody spent fourteen years gathering experience of the business world working in banking, telecommunications and the public sector before co-founding The GWiz Learning Partnership in 1993. Melody has a Masters Degree in Applied Positive Psychology, a degree in Psychology and a diploma in Psychotherapy. She is an NLP Master Trainer which allows her to run NLP Practitioner, NLP Master Practitioner and NLP Trainer Training courses certified by the Positive School of Intrinsic Neuro-Linguistc Psychology. She is also a qualified Myers Briggs practitioner and EI practitioner and added to all this is five years Transactional Analysis training, meaning she is able to help organisations access the hidden potential in their staff. She is also in demand for her work in transforming average or even troubled teams into high performers. Melody is a visiting lecturer at University of East London, teaching "Wellbeing and Positive Psychology" to undergraduates. Additionally, she is a member of the CIPD and is ILM accredited. Melody's interests are many and varied. She has a keen interest in personal development, canine and wolf psychology, conservation, movies and running. She also enjoys western horse riding, walking the GWiz dogs, nature watching and stage combat (particularly sword fighting).
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