What’s happening here? Chinese execs are living the qualities that Americans permit HR to put into the company competency model. American leaders like how these behaviors look on paper, but they don’t walk their talk. Lip service is all the energy they are willing to waste on seeking feedback, teamwork, getting to know their peers, and following through on commitments.
Making business personal is nothing new in China. Executives ordinarily schedule dinner meetings with their staffs to talk about business trends, career aspirations, and family. People expect their leaders to set an eminent example in how they make decisions, connect with others, and improve. There is genuine shame in not fulfilling these duties because people really care about them— everyone knows it’s important.
There’s an old Chinese proverb that says, “Give a man a pole, and he’ll catch a fish a week. Tell him what bait to use, and he’ll catch a fish a day. Show him how and where to fish, and he’ll have fish to eat for a lifetime.” EQ is not something we’re born with and can improve, unlike IQ. EQ is a flexible skill that is honed through knowledge and practice. An EQ test, then, should not be an isolated event. An objective test is the first step in a learning process that points to where and how you can change for the better.
The Emotional Intelligence Appraisal® tests your EQ in Daniel Goleman’s model in just 7 minutes, then issues your score profile with more than 10 hours of e-learning, featuring clips from Hollywood movies, television, and memorable historical events that illustrate the specific skills in action. Sometimes leadership can feel like you’re fishing in a new lake. Test yourself, and let us show you all of the good spots. March 2009
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Travis Bradberry, Ph.D.
Dr. Travis Bradberry is the award-winning co-author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0 and the cofounder of TalentSmart, the world’s leading provider of emotional intelligence tests, emotional intelligence training, and emotional intelligence certification, serving more than 75% of Fortune 500 companies. His bestselling emotional intelligence books have been translated into 25 languages and are available in more than 150 countries. He is a frequent keynote speaker at public and private engagements. Dr. Bradberry has written for, or been covered by, Newsweek, BusinessWeek, Fortune, Forbes, Fast Company, Inc., USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Harvard Business Review.
Lac D. Su, M.S.
Lac D. Su is the Director of Strategic Alliances for TalentSmart, the leading provider of emotional intelligence tests, products, and training. He forms and manages relationships with key TalentSmart resellers and assists clients with the implementation of skill development initiatives.