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EQ vs IQ

Emotional intelligence or relative intelligence, which one plays a major role in our overall success in life? This is a question that has given rise to a number of arguments, theories and controversies. To reach a conclusion or even put forward an argument, one needs to understand what EQ and IQ really are. Only then it will be easier to know which side you should take in the battle of EQ vs. IQ.

EQ or Emotional Quotient

This is a measurement of one’s emotional intelligence, which guides the ability to use emotional and cognitive thoughts properly. Emotional intelligence skill can include intuition, empathy, creativity, flexibility, stress management, intrapersonal and interpersonal skills and many more. This ability is directed and controlled by lower and central sections of the brain known as the limbic system.

IQ or Intelligence Quotient

This is a number which tries to identify the relative intelligence of a person. It is a ratio derived by multiplying by 100 the mental age as being reported on a standardized test to the chronological age. The general measurements are as follows:

• Under 70 – feeble mindedness
• 70-79 – Borderline deficiency in intelligence
• 80-89 – Dullness
• 90-109 – Average or normal intelligence
• 110-119 – Super Intelligence
• 120-140 – Superior intelligence
• Over 140 – Genius

IQ consists of the cognitive abilities which make a person discover how to learn, reason, understand, apply knowledge, solve problems and more.

EQ or IQ – which is more important?

In EQ vs. IQ debate, one needs to remember that both are important for a balanced life. While IQ makes a person learn the basic things to survive, EQ sharpens the skills and leads a person through life.

It is also observed that emotional intelligence has more to do with the success in life as it helps an individual in taking the right decision to apply organizational skills. Self-control, proper communication skills, good listening ability, team playing – all are related to our emotional intelligence. However, without the cognitive abilities, one cannot make the basic analysis and develop the power of understanding. That is why IQ acts as the wheels of one’s life while EQ is the engine of that car called life.

While taking a side in EQ vs. IQ, we should pay attention to the simple fact that your EQ may take you higher and near your aim, but without the basic IQ, you would not be able to be a part of an organization to start with as you need the basic qualification to get into an organization and it is here where you need at least the regular level of IQ. To conclude, it can be said that both these components - EQ and IQ, are dependent on each other; while IQ gets you started, your EQ takes you further.

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Posted: 20/05/2011 23:35:28

Its very important to balance EQ & IQ

Posted: 21/04/2011 05:47:26

its true, but EQ is more important in PSUs of india as compare IQ

Posted: 09/03/2011 10:04:42

It is wonderful
It has cleared the doubts of many HRs like me

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