After coming across this infographic below (from UMD’s online MBA program), it got me thinking about the above questions. Although I do not believe that all student affairs professionals have high levels of emotional intelligence, I do think it’s highly probable that people who are naturally skilled in this area are likely drawn to it and that the successful ones are more likely to persist. I also believe it can be taught. Many of the hallmarks of high emotional intelligence relate closely with issues addressed in our preparation programs. Given the highly reflective nature of our graduate programs and their focus on theory-to-practice, the development of emotional intelligence seems requisite for success in most jobs within the field.
What do you think?
- Are People With Higher Emotional IQs Drawn to Student Affairs Work?
- Can Emotional Intelligence be learned?
- Is Emotional Intelligence even a useful or valid construct? Or perhaps is it just emotional maturity?
A quick Wikipedia search reveals: Emotional intelligence (EI) is the ability to recognize one’s own and other people’s emotions, to discriminate between different feelings and label them appropriately, and to use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior. There are three models of EI. The ability model, developed by Peter Salovey and John Mayer, focuses on the individual’s ability to process emotional information and use it to navigate the social environment. The trait model as developed by Konstantin Vasily Petrides, “encompasses behavioral dispositions and self perceived abilities and is measured through self report”. The final model, the mixed model is a combination of both ability and trait EI. It defines EI as an array of skills and characteristics that drive leadership performance, as proposed by Daniel Goleman.
Credit to: University of Maryland’s Online MBA Program