Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The 3 Pillars of Success – IQ, EQ and AQ

The 3 Pillars of Success – IQ, EQ and AQ :     Khalid Nasr

Every day we need to make wise decisions and solve complicated problems. We also have to manage our self well so that we can deal with others in order to get things done. In addition, we have to face the challenges of ups and downs in life. We need the three pillars of IQ, EQ and AQ to excel.

Intelligence Quotient

An intelligence quotient is an attempt to measure a person‘s intelligence. According to the International High IQ Society, a high IQ is an advantage in life because virtually all activities require some reasoning and decision-making. Conversely, a low IQ is often a disadvantage, especially in disorganized environments. Of course, a high IQ no more guarantees success than a low IQ guarantees failure in life. There are many exceptions, but the odds for success in our society greatly favor individuals with higher IQs.

Emotional Quotient

According to Daniel Goleman, author of the best-selling book, Emotional Intelligence, emotional quotient means:

Self-awareness: The ability to recognize and understand your moods, emotions, and drives, as well as their effect on others.

Self-regulations: The ability to control or redirect disruptive impulses and moods
(The propensity to suspend judgment- to think before acting)

Motivation: A passion to work for reasons that go beyond money or status
(A propensity to pursue goals with energy and persistence)

Empathy: The ability to understand the emotional makeup of other people
(Skill in treating people according to their emotional reactions)

Social skills: Proficiency in managing relationships and building networks (an ability to find common ground and build rapport)

Adversity Quotient

Dr. Paul Stoltz, the originator of AQ, founder and CEO of Peak Learning, defines Adversity Quotient as “the capacity of the person to deal with the adversities of his life. As such, it is the science of human resilience.” A person high in AQ means he is able to deal with problems quickly and effectively.

The 3 pillars of success

The threes skills of an effective executive, according to Robert L Katz in his famous article, Skills of an Effective Administrator, are:

Technical skill
Human skill
Conceptual skill

To me, IQ is likened to be technical skill, EQ is human skill and AQ is similar to conceptual skill.

While IQ is your area of expertise, EQ is you ability to manage yourself and others effectively. AQ is the ability of a person to bounce back in the face of failures and setbacks. He will review the whole situation and come up with an action plan and move on from there. The person may be down, but he is not out.

IQ, EQ and AQ are truly the three pillars of lasting success.

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