Some of you may have heard about Emotional Intelligence yet to others it may be a foreign term. In a nutshell it is about understanding and controlling our own emotions and reactions to situations and to others as well as being able to recognize other people’s emotions and respond accordingly. It has been shown that there is a level that technical skill can take a person in an organization, but to move further, you need emotional intelligence.
It has been shown that many executives need training in emotional intelligence. I believe that lawyers generally lack emotional intelligence. This is not something that we learn in law school. We are taught to learn how to think like a lawyer and to learn the law. We are generally not taught how to practice law. We are not taught how to interact with others. Our study is a singular individualistic journey. When we enter the workforce we are under the tutelage of a senior attorney who learned from another senior attorney who probably did not possess or learn emotional intelligence and thus the cycle continues.
Emotional intelligence can be learned. It is a matter of understanding what it is and what skills need to be honed. The first step in this journey is to understand your emotional intelligence.
Below I have posted an article on Lawyers and Emotional Intelligence. I have also provided you with a link to a free EQ assessment. There are many assessments that measure EQ. If you are interested in delving into this further you can contact me and I will be happy to guide you to a person who is certified in these assessments.
I have also provided you with a YouTube Video of Daniel Goleman speaking about Emotional Intelligence. This should also give you an idea of the concept.
Here is Goleman’s site, you can take an abbreviated survey for free:
I would be interested in hearing any thoughts and comments you might have about Emotional Intelligence. In addition, for those lawyers out there, do you believe that EQ should be taught in law schools or in your law firms? How can you make that happen?