Topic : Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.
7) Is emotional intelligence influenced by cultural tie-ups? differentiate the application of emotional intelligence in Indian society from that of western society. (250 words)
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Why this question:
The question is based on the concept of emotional intelligence and the factors of culture influencing it.
Key demand of the question:
The answer must first elaborate on concept and then discuss influence of different cultures and move on to differentiating how the idea differs in Indian society in comparison to Western world.
Structure of the answer:
Define emotional intelligence,
- Elaborate on the term – emotional intelligence ; Emotional intelligence can be said to cover five main areas: self-awareness, emotional control, self-motivation, empathy and relationship skills. It is, of course, important for good communication with others – and is therefore a gateway to better learning, friendships, academic success and employment. Skills such as these developed in our formative years at school often provide the foundation for future habits later on in life.
- Influence of culture on emotional intelligence – Given variations in the physical and social challenges facing different societal groups, it is not surprising that intelligent behaviour is defined differently across cultures.
- Traditionally, the West has defined intelligence in terms of the speed and accuracy of cognitive (mental) skills within an academic setting. But successful adaptation in many societies does not translate to the Western notion of academic intelligence. Asian and African cultures, for example, emphasize the relative importance of social skills.
- Discuss while social and emotional intelligence predict effectiveness in culturally homogenous environments, cultural intelligence predicts effectiveness in culturally diverse settings and explains differences in coping and functioning outside one’s home culture. In fact, research shows cultural intelligence is a better predictor of success in diverse settings than cognitive ability, emotional intelligence (EQ), personality, demographics, and international experience.
Conclude with significance of Emotional intelligence .