By: Melissa Worrel-Johnson, PCC, MBA
WE-Q Source: (www.learninginaction.com)
As we grow up, we spend much of our time learning and developing our IQ and then we move into the working world and people begin to layer in emotional intelligence (EQ), relational intelligence, and social intelligence and I’d like to add awareness for our WE Intelligence. Learning in Action developed WE Intelligence to go even deeper than our EQ.
• Emotional Intelligence – the ability to recognize, understand and manage our own emotions and recognize, understand, and influence the emotions of others
• Relational Intelligence – the ability to create, sustain and nurture healthy relationships with others
• Social Intelligence – the skills of being empathetic, sensing what the other person is feeling, understanding their perspective, and having easy, effective interactions
“WE Intelligence captures our capacity as humans to be in relationships with others, ourselves, and the world, even under stress” (www.learninginaction.com). How we engage and interact with others Matters, with a capital M! How we respond, react, and share how we feel and still can have awareness of other people’s current state has an impact on our success, how we are perceived and received is a combination of our self-management and other’s ability to hear, feel and understand our intentions.
I’m passionate about emotional intelligence and how layering our WE intelligence can provide us with the knowledge and skills for heightened success in ourselves and our relationships.
Almost everything we do involves working, partnering, and connecting with others. Our capacity to hone our networking, communication, and people skills is paramount to our success.
Think back to a time you had to work with someone who couldn’t read the room or had a lack of self-awareness for how they were showing up.
• How did this affect the outcomes of the meetings or interactions?
• How did you feel after each interaction?
• How did the room react and/or respond to the situation?
Leadership and Executive Coaching is one place you can build and hone your EQ and WE-Q abilities. The first step is knowing how and then engaging with new awareness and seeing your progress in action with each interaction you have. It’s not about where you start… it’s about progress, reflection, and being able to flex to meet our colleagues, leaders, and all people where they are at… reading the room with more than IQ with EQ and WE-Q.
We at Michael Beach Coaching and Consulting include EQ in every one of our coaching engagements and know it is core to every leader’s growth and people leadership.
Melissa Worrel-Johnson is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the ICF, holds her MBA, and is a Certified Professional Business Coach (CPBC) with Michael Beach Coaching & Consulting. Over her 20-year career, she has focused her efforts on leadership, talent development, and business strategy. Melissa’s diverse background includes entrepreneurial business start-ups as well as significant leadership roles in large corporations. Melissa believes we grow our leadership through people…People + Connection + Communication = Winning Teams. Melissa lives in Iowa with her husband Alan and two dogs, Olive and Charley. They all enjoy paddle boarding, biking, travel, and family.
*Emotional Intelligence is defined in different ways by different people. This is a composite of generally accepted definitions.
*This definition of Relational Intelligence is based on the work of Dharius Daniel.
*This definition of Social Intelligence is based on the work of Daniel Goleman.