Imagine the scene, it’s a cold February afternoon. I’m at a conference. I’ve heard several speakers already and my brain is whirling with the ideas I’ve heard and dissolving under the weight of them. My energy levels are dropping and I’m wondering when the next coffee break is…
Then in comes in the loud, confident and highly engaging voice of Mel Parker, president and CEO of Take the Limits Off. And he explains why emotional intelligence is so key to our success in a language I’ve never heard before.
He describes the relationship between intelligence and emotional intelligence akin to riding a bike.
When riding a bike, the power comes from the back wheel and you steer from the front.
He goes on to say:
“So, it doesn’t matter how powerful your back wheel is
if you can’t steer in the right direction.
Nobody ever crashed because of a mistake with the back wheel!”
I loved it because the analogy moved beyond the idea of emotional intelligence being relational. Beyond emotional intelligence being the thing that helps your team thrive and enjoy working for you.
It’s the way you stay on track.
We can’t be engaged or engaging leaders if we don’t harness both wheels. EQ isn’t a nice to have. It’s a necessity – if we don’t want to crash.
In my coaching experience, I’ve worked with a few clients on that wheel:
And if you want to steer your bike more proficiently, let me know if I can help. In addition to one-to-one coaching. I also run an Emotional Intelligence masterclass for teams that can be delivered via webinar.
Here’s to more exciting bike rides into some unchartered territory. And to fewer crashes of course.