Emotional Intelligence (EI) refers to the ability to perceive, control and evaluate emotions.
Social Intelligence (SI) is the ability to understand, interpret, and respond to the emotions of others as a means to navigate complex social relationships and environments. Put simply, SI is the ability to get along well with others, and to get them to cooperate with you.
Because they are closely related, we refer to the combined set of EI and SI skills and abilities by the name Emotional and Social Intelligence (ESI).
Leaders with high ESI understand themselves, their motivations, and their role in order to be fully “present” in any situation, for others, without fear.
Have you noticed how some people, when you speak with them at a party or a conference, seem to give you their entire attention?
They don’t look over their shoulders to see whom else they might engage. They are there for you. This is an aspect of ESI: the ability to communicate respect for another person’s perspective, point of view, and experience.
When one looks at the Fearless Leaders Four Quadrant Model, it’s easy to see that each quadrant is built on a base of ESI:
Because of this, assessing and developing a leader's ESI is an essential part of The Fearless Leaders Coaching Model.
While all Four Quadrants of the Fearless Leaders Coaching Model are related to ESI, it is the ability to control one’s mindset that is most closely aligned with Emotional Intelligence.
Creating an optimal state of mind before engaging in a challenging or important situation requires knowing both what thoughts and emotions help you the most and how to change your thoughts and emotions when they are not helping you — emotional intelligence.
We've learned especially from working with special operations forces and high-performing C-Suite Executives that it’s critically important to take control of your mindset before engaging in what's important to you.
Like any professional, you need to be prepared when aligning your mind in order to be and do your best. The Fearless Leaders Groups’ secret is that they show up mentally ready for their most important and most challenging situations. They learn how to become technically, physically and mentally prepared to be their best under pressure, for themselves and for others.
You can develop this same ability, by strengthening your own ESI and Leadership skill sets when you work with the Fearless Leaders Group.
Knowing yourself -- especially your natural strengths, weaknesses, and decision-making styles -- is a big step forward in building your Emotional Intelligence.
And a great way to get exactly this kind of insight is through our free, interactive *What Kind of Fearless Leader Are You? Quiz.
Not only will you get your results for free, but you'll also get a gift kindle copy of the Fearless Leaders book, by Greenberg and North.