EQ stands for Emotional Intelligence. Current research continues to report that EQ is a more accurate indicator of success then having a high IQ. B & G (authors I list below) state that EQ is “the single biggest predictor of performance in the workplace…” (p. 21).
Successful preaching pastors have a high EQ.
In these next few posts I will be summarizing some of the ways in which EQ studies affect our responsibility and privilege of preaching God’s Word.
I just finished reading Bradberry and Greaves, Emotional Intelligence 2.0 (TalentSmart, 2009).
It had been at least 15 years since I read Daniel Goleman’s book on the same topic. My good friend, Andy Bunn, is completing his Ph.D. in leadership studies and he highly recommended this little book. Evidently, EQ is still a hot topic in leadership studies. I have yet to read anything on how it relates to preaching, so here goes…
If you’re unfamiliar with the subject of EQ, the authors define it as
“…your ability to recognize and understand emotions in yourself and others, and your ability to use this awareness to manage your behavior and relationships.” (p. 17)
Here’s a quick overview of four EQ skills to get us started:
Personal Competence consists of
- self-awareness (your ability to accurately acknowledge and understand your own emotions, your typical reaction to certain events and people)
- self-management (your ability to use your awareness of your own emotional condition so that you are able to consistently act positively in every situation)
Social Competence consists of
- Social awareness (your ability to accurately interpret the emotions of others and understand what they’re really thinking)
- Relationship Management (your ability to use that knowledge of others so that you interact effectively with a variety of people in a variety of situations)
And, if you’re wondering if any of this EQ stuff is worth thinking about and developing, B & G write,
“The weaker the connection you have with someone, the harder it is to get your point across.” (p. 44)
See why I’m interested in exploring the subject of high EQ preachers? And all so God can receive glory in the church and in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 3:21).