Great Bosses, Employees & Emotional Intelligence EQ

Dr. Iris Fanning

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Did you know that IQ and entrance exams at Harvard in the fields of law, medicine, teaching and business showed ZERO or negative correlation with eventual career success?

What we are finding is that emotional intelligence is a much greater predictor of success in the workplace and in life than IQ. What makes a great boss and great employees? Come learn from Daniel Goleman's research in his book EQ in Business.


When you are hired, it is a given that you have the necessary academic/skill requirements. If you want to separate yourself from the pack then develop the following strengths and be a standout in your organization.

*Listening and Oral Communication

*Adaptability and creative responses to setbacks & obstacles

*Personal management, confidence, motivation to work toward goals, a sense of wanting to develop one's career and take pride in accomplishments

*Group and interpersonal effectiveness, cooperation and teamwork, skills at negotiating disagreements Effectiveness in the organization, wanting to make a contribution, leadership potential.


When EQ skills of your boss are strong productivity increases, turnover decreases and thus less money is lost because of retraining and getting staff up to par.


*Self Control-composed under stress, remains calm & confident, dependable

*Conscientiousness-takes responsibility, takes action to fix problems, moves on

*Trustworthy-high integrity, with concern for needs of others

*Social Skills-empathic, sensitive, show tact for subordinates & superiors

*Building Bonds and Leveraging Diversity-cooperative, appreciates diversity


*Rigidity-unable to adapt their style to change in organizational culture, unable to respond to feedback about traits they need to change or improve. Couldn't listen or learn.

*Poor Relationships-Single most frequently mentioned factor: being too harshly critical, insensitive, or demanding so that they alienated those they work with.

Our Work Life is about half to two thirds of our waking life. Life is meant to be joyful and fulfilling. When your work life and inner life match, time flies and you're more than willing to work to your highest level.

Copyright 2007, Iris Fanning. All Rights Reserved Worldwide.

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