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Emotional & Social Competency…

More Important than IQ

Nowadays, Intellectual Intelligence (IQ) is considered as a threshold competency in the workplace; you must have a certain level of cognitive ability to perform in a role, but IQ alone will not result in elevated professional success.

Emotional and Social Intelligence (ESI) is the key.

It’s the difference between good and great; the ability to recognise and understand emotions in yourself and others, and your ability to use that awareness to manage behaviour and relationships. 


The Emotional and Social Intelligence Leadership Competency Model is a unique framework developed by Daniel Goleman and Richard Boyatzis, identifying the 12 specific, evidence-based competencies that form the building blocks of Emotional and Social Intelligence in leadership.

Leadership, in this instance, is not defined by formal roles, as we all have the capacity to lead at any level in our personal or professional lives. 


There are four parts, or domains, that make up the ESI model:

SELF-AWARENESS: Your ability to accurately perceive your emotions and stay aware of them
as they happen.

SELF-MANAGEMENT: Your ability to use awareness of your emotions to stay flexible and positively direct your behaviour.

SOCIAL AWARENESS: Your ability to accurately pick up on emotions in other people and understand what is really going on.

RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT: Your ability to use awareness of your emotions, and the emotions of others, to manage interactions successfully.

In each of these four domains, there are competencies that separate an average leader from a great one.  Each of the 12 competencies form the building blocks of ESI.

Unlike IQ, Emotional & Social Intelligence is not defined by a single number. Do you know someone with great goal orientation, but zero empathy, for example?

And, also unlike IQ, each competency can be learned and improved over time. 


Although the term ‘emotional intelligence’ first appeared in research papers in the late 60’s, it wasn’t until the  publication of the book Emotional Intelligence – Why It Can Matter More Than IQ in 1995, that EI theory was popularised across the business world.

Over the last 20+ years, the book’s author, psychologist and science writer David Goleman, together with Richard Boyatzis – Professor of Organisational Behaviour, Psychology, and Cognitive Science at Case Western Reserve University – have researched and statistically validated an ESI 360 that has been integrated into our learning format… and we’re proud to be accredited in their ESI competency model.


So which colour energies do you need to be Emotionally and Socially competent? The answer: all of them. Our colour energy preferences are just that! Preference.

Contrary to popular belief, there’s no direct correlation between Jung‘s ‘Feeling’ function and ESI. All Attitudes (Introversion/Extraversion), Functions (Thinking/Feeling and Sensation/Intuition) and Function-Attitude combinations are affected by emotions. And, each combination provides natural advantages – and challenges – in building each of the Emotional and Social Intelligence competencies.

Our colour energy preferences are simply the lens though we which we see and act on of each of the 12 competencies of the ESI Leadership Competency model.

Building Emotional and Social Intelligence requires:

  • Using emotional information from our ourselves and other people – our Irrational Functions – Sensation/Intuition
  • Integrating this with our Rational Functions – our decision making functions, how we judge a situation -Thinking/Feeling
  • Using this information to choose a course of action, to manage our response to the situation – the Rational Functions, Thinking/Feeling – and decisions we make and our reactions to others

In other words, “Emotional Intelligence is the habitual practice of using thinking about feelings and feelings about thinking to guide behaviour.”

Building our skills in ESI needs a blend of all for colour energies. This enables us to develop across each of the 4 domains, by setting a solid foundation for the growth and development of Emotional and Social Intelligence.

And we recommend having fun with it too!


Steve AndrewsEmotional & Social Competency…

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