I was fortunate to attend a workshop on creativity a couple of weeks ago, hosted by authors Elizabeth Gilbert and Cheryl Strayed. Liz Gilbert’s most recent book, “Big Magic”, is about finding ways to live a creative life.
I was asked lately what motivated me to host retreats. I think it started back when I was a teenager going to summer camp. I loved that feeling of having a shared experience in a somewhat isolated place with a group of people. It felt like I bonded with those people in ways that ordinary life didn't offer. I felt like I was more myself in that time than at any other.
I was all set to write a jaunty note about new year’s resolutions and the fresh start of January. But my mind isn’t there yet. Right now I’m still caught up in December.
That’s the best part about EQ – we all have it. We’re all aware that some things come easier to us, and other areas are where we struggle. We all know – for the most part – that there are ways we can improve our EQ. That’s the other great part – it’s something that we can actually develop. It’s not like IQ, where you pretty much have the brains you have. With EQ, you can work to develop and strengthen areas that are important for you.
EQ doesn’t just apply to leaders – it benefits everyone in a workplace. Qualities like Interpersonal Relationships, Flexibility, and Problem Solving are beneficial for individual contributors as well. In fact, if you start developing your EQ before you move into a leadership role, you’ll have a much greater chance for success.
I’m a big reader, reading more than one book a month, usually fiction or memoirs. I’ve also had these three books on the go for the past couple of months, dipping into them when I have time. As I looked at them sitting on the edge of my desk the other day, I realized that they represent my leadership development theory in book form.