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Emotional Intelligence

A handful of emotional competencies are a more accurate indicator of success than intelligence by itself

Andy McRae, associate pastor, Sligo church, Takoma Park, Maryland.

Interpreting exciting, groundbreaking brain and behavior research, Daniel Goleman argues persuasively that a handful of emotional competencies is a more accurate indicator of success than intelligence by itself. It is not Goleman's purpose to expose directly the effects of personal faith in God on the character of an individual. He does, however, show the influence of self-awareness, impulse control, persistence, zeal, self-motivation, empathy, and social deftness as essential elements in forming what he calls "emotional intelligence." These seven areas turn out to be important sources of character. Here is a rich mine of information and insight for those who seek balance for themselves and others. And Goleman has good news: these competencies can be learned, because "temperament is not destiny." The implications of his findings are dramatic for education, leadership, counseling, preaching, parenting, and personal growth. 


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Andy McRae, associate pastor, Sligo church, Takoma Park, Maryland.

January 1997

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