Wednesday, February 20, 2013

“Do Educators need Emotional Intelligence?” - Professor M.S.Rao

“If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.” - Daniel Goleman

Ever since Daniel Goleman came out with Emotional Intelligence (EI) it invited the attention of many people internationally with Google hits of approximately 9.47 million results with diverse contexts, including education, health, relationships and work.  There is a growing interest towards EI in all sectors as it is closely associated with leadership. In fact, leadership success and effectiveness mostly depends on EI.  There had been a heated debate among various leadership scholars and practitioners whether leaders are born or made.  Daniel Goleman’s EI cleared the debate and concluded that leaders are made rather born as EI helps any ordinary person acquire leadership abilities and skills and excel as a leader.

EI is essential in all industries as we need leaders in all sectors. It is also required in the education sector where educators have to handle emotions, feelings and egos of diversified students in the classroom. The educators must be aware of their own emotions and match their emotions with the students’ emotions as per the situation to create compatibility and chemistry with the students to ensure effective teaching takeaways. The educators must apply different strokes to different students as all students are not alike in their intelligence levels and learning styles. Students in the classroom usually belong to three categories - above average, average and below average in their intelligence levels. They appreciate various learning styles - auditory, visual and kinesthetic.  Hence, the educators must change their teaching style as per the learning styles and the intelligence levels of the students. While delivering their teaching sessions they must take feedback by observing the body language of the students in the classroom and change their teaching methods and strategies accordingly.

To conclude, the educators must take various aspects in view while teaching and training in the classroom i.e. catering as per the intelligence level of students and as per their learning styles with the aid of emotional intelligence to achieve the effective teaching takeaways among the students and excel as effective educators.  

"People high in emotional intelligence are expected to progress more quickly through the abilities designated and to master more of them." - Mayer & Salovey

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