Today I’ll be talking about the link between emotional intelligence and the current London Olympics.
I am so thrilled to get a front row seat for the display of emotional intelligence at its finest. While most of the focus will be on physical skills and performance, I will be paying attention to the athlete’s level of EQ.
Emotional intelligence is an important intangible source of power in high level sports, and this summer it will dictate who will change history and set new records at the London Games.
To further explain this idea, let me quote EI author Daniel Goleman: “Analyses done by dozens of different experts in close to five hundred corporations, government agencies, and non profit organizations world-wide have arrived independently at remarkably similar conclusions... Their conclusions all point to the paramount place of emotional intelligence in excellence on the job- in virtually any job.”
These intangible aspects have in so far received a lot less attention on all fronts because it’s not easy to objectively measure them. But yet when you have a group of equally talented individuals, emotional intelligence is the secret ingredient separating the wheat from the chaff. In this case, it more like separating the good from the great.
In my opinion, all other factors put aside, higher levels of EQ will be the deciding factor between who wins a medal and who doesn’t. I hope you get to watch the games and cheer for your favorite athletes. Next time, I'll go back to explaining the core elements of the EI model.
I hope you enjoy the show!