Here at Inspiration to Action we believe and are passionate about the power of emotional intelligence (EQ) and how emotions can have a profound effect in all that we do and all that we are in every aspect of our personal and professional lives.

Our Emotions affect every cell in our body. Mind and body, mental and physical, are intertwined." Thomas Tutko (B. 1931)

Here’s an excerpt from that sums EQ up well:

Emotional Intelligence (often given the acronym EQ, the emotional-intelligence equivalent of IQ) encompasses social intelligence and emphasizes the affect of emotions on our ability to view situations objectively and thus to understand ourselves and other people. It is the ability to sense, understand, and effectively apply the power of emotions, appropriately channelled as a source of energy, creativity and influence. It includes a person's ability to understand their own emotions and those of others, and to act appropriately using these emotions. Balancing and integrating the head and heart, channelled through the left and right brain, is the mission of personal growth work in the domain of emotional intelligence.

EQ includes such things as:

  • Identifying your feelings and needs, through body-awareness
  • The ability to read others’ feelings, and to listen to others with empathy
  • Knowing how to express your feelings with words and/or body-language
  • Choosing when to contain (not repress) emotion, and when to communicate emotion appropriately
  • The ability to process and let go of emotion when necessary
  • The willingness to give ourselves time to feel, and to enjoy the depths of our ‘selves’ through feeling
  • The ability to lead wisely or follow with grace
  • The ability to honour our own limits, as well as to celebrate our talents
  • The ability to give and receive love

.................Up until recently IQ has been the only recognised intelligent quota but thankfully now EQ is becoming more and more prevalent it is said that ‘IQ will get you through school, but EQ gets you through life’

To be successful and survive in today's society, individuals need to have the necessary communication and organizational skills to make sound decisions and interact with each other. Goleman argues that an individual's success at work is 80 percent dependent on emotional quotient and only 20 percent dependent on intelligence quotient. This is because EQ components are useful in assisting employees with decision-making in areas like teamwork, inclusion, productivity, and communication

A person with a good level of EQ is said to be:

  • Adaptable and able to react quickly, appropriately, and efficiently to change
  • Flexible and able to adjust one's emotions, thoughts, and behaviours to changing situations and conditions
  • Problem Solver with the ability to identify and define problems as well as to generate and implement potentially effective solution

Please watch this compelling clip that is completely conducive to all of this:     Clip length: 1m 27s

Slightly more in depth:     Clip length: 3m 45s


This is of course a very general and incredibly brief introduction to EQ. The subject is vast and we run several workshops and one to ones in this area as well as lots of other personal and professional development areas - feel free to enquire on our contact page. EQ and Heart Intelligence is the embodiment of Inspiration to Action - the business name and heart logo truly are derived from them.

As always we hope that you have enjoyed out latest blog post and all the posts to date. Have a wonderful Easter break & we look for to posting again in April!


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