Is intelligence overrated?
There’s an oft-quoted study from 1976 conducted by the Carnegie Institute of Technology that only 15% of our success is due to IQ; and that the larger part — as much as 85% is due to ‘human factors’ — what we more commonly call our emotional and relational intelligence.
I guess we know this instinctively — it’s often the popular person, who understands office politics, but doesn’t play the game too hard, who gets promoted. We’ve all seen them — the person who can get along with other people and who can adapt and utilise their intelligence and gifts, and empathise with people; these are the ones who get ahead in their professional and personal lives.
But it’s still fun to test how intelligent we are — and we’ve brought you this fun IQ test to let you see for yourself.
It was tough to find recent data about the impact of IQ — and IQ itself is a much derided term. What does it really measure The ability to do well in a certain kind of test?
But what I do know is that the more attention you pay to both of these — your brain power and learning AND how well you interact with colleagues , the better you’ll do professionally, and also the more fun you’re likely to have in your work.
I know it’s just a bit of fun, but I thought you might enjoy this lighthearted quiz. (with emphasis on the lighthearted!)
How did you do?
No matter what your score, it’s more productive to work on your emotional intelligence.
Daniel Goleman’s iconic work on Emotional Intelligence, outlined self-awareness and awareness of others (leading to the ability to influence others — in a good way) as key to success.
The more aware you are of yourself, the better you can observe and understand how you interact and influence others. The EQ model looks like this:
- Notice your emotions. Start to notice how you feel in certain situations. You don’t need to ‘do’ anything — just observe.
- Manage your emotions. As you notice your emotions, you can see what triggers certain positive and negative reactions. You respond to situations and to people. Take the observation a stage further and try to control your responses — mix it up and react differently — don’t allow those automatic triggers to determine your response.
- Motivate yourself. And as you learn to manage your emotions, you can start to determine how you feel on a day to day basis. YOU control your thoughts and emotions; they are not some independent part of you.
- Observe other people’s emotions. And now turn that knowledge outside of yourself and notice how other people react to situations — how they respond to you, but also how they respond to others. What triggers those around you? What makes them feel good, and what brings about anxiety or stress?
- Manage relationships. And of course the key to influence is being able to work with that knowledge and manage your relationships. If you know what it takes to make someone feel positive and inspired, then why not act in a way that creates that?
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