Researches have shown that our success at work or in life depends 80 per cent on emotional intelligence and only 20 per cent on intellect.
Kulpreet Kaur, Associate Professor, Jindal Global Business School (JGBS), O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana, India.
Only a few years back, I taught Simar, a gifted young adolescent, appreciated by teachers and parents alike and envied by his peer for being the highest scorer. However, he was disliked by the mates for never sharing his work or helping them with doubts, never mingling with companions and showing no interest in sports or any other co-curricular activities. He did not even attend his school’s farewell.
They called him nerd, I called him Book-Smart, as he was always with his books. He apparently looked unhappy despite doing what was expected of him. Sadly, no one taught him that the mantra of happiness lies in the essence of friendship, caring, empathy, sharing and the fragrance it leaves around one’s aura.
This is just one example. I have seen several students unable to take right decisions, they are procrastinating, misinterpreting their expectations from life, non-empathetic, misunderstanding people around them, judgemental, succumbing easily to peer pressure, devaluing their opportunities and eventually end up messing up their lives with drugs, multiple partners or cluttered due to their impulsive selections. Not forgetting the sizable amount of them who leave their future ‘Ram- Bharose’ i.e. waiting for fate to open avenues to their success.
Researches have shown that our success at work or in life depends 80 per cent on emotional intelligence and only 20 per cent on intellect. While our cognitive abilities help us to solve quantitative problems, process information and use data and logic to answer questions, socio-emotional skills allow us to be more creative and use our emotions to resolve our intra-personal and interpersonal problems.
Published in: Shiksha.com
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