Process Benefits

Create Collaborative Leadership Styles
Create a Bully-Free
Create a Psychologically Healthy and Profitable Workplace and Contribution
Reduce the Destructive
Effects of Conflict
"Happiness" and Emotional
Intelligence (EI)

Emotional Intelligence (EI)



What is the relationship?


"Mistakes in business or in science are costly and deplorable,

but mistakes in the conduct of life are usually dangerous to life itself.

-Alfred Adler

Understanding Human Nature


Emotional Intelligence (EI) has been a popular subject in the last decade and continues to have wide-spread application to living effectively with others. Most of the work on EI is also related to the scientific studies related to effective living and happiness, in general.

Emotional intelligence has been defined in many ways but a simple definition suggests that a person with high EI is very aware of personal emotions; is highly sensitive to the emotions of others; and quickly recognizes how personal emotions affect others. Persons skilled with EI are also noted for being "happy.".

Daniel Goleman, Ph.D. is commonly recognized as having initially created and defined the concept of EI. He described the five elements of emotional intelligence as being:

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-regulation
  • Motivation
  • Empathy
  • Social skills
"Self-actualization" is another concept, created by an individual who focused on "healthy people," Abraham H. Maslow, Ph.D. His work appears closely related to Emotional Intelligence. Characteristics of the "self-actualized leader" are:
  • Concern with the betterment of others
  • Problem-centered; not self-centered
  • Can sense genuine individuals from the "fraud"
  • Acceptance of personal limitations
  • Non-abrasive and non-violent in character
  • Satisfactorily has engaged the "hierarchy of needs"

How does GEMA™-Lead360 define Emotional Intelligence?

High levels of:

  • Connection - expressing and listening
  • Cooperation- treating others as equals
  • Contribution - being useful in life

Low levels of:

  • Withdrawal - detached from others
  • Domination- controlling of others
  • Entitlement - superiority over others

Emotional Intelligence can be taught and learned. Ideas related to how you might improve include:

  • Perspective taking - seeing another's point of view
  • Practice humility - equality, not superiority
  • Self-evaluation - an honest look at yourself
  • React to stress - developing mature responses to stress
  • Take responsibility - owning the consequences of actions
  • Relate well to others - building genuine relationships
  • Value opinion of others - reduce "self-righteousness"
  • Listen to others - work hard at understanding others
  • Turn "apathy" into positive energy
  • Focus on helping others, as a way of enjoying yourself

How can GEMA help?

Start with the FREE Leadership Checklist assessment and make an effort to honestly learn something about yourself. Respond to the items with an attitude of true self-examination. Review the website information with some degree of intensity, while reading carefully the descriptions of your high and low scores. From there, the fully administrered 360 assessment may be useful and worth the expeense.


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