IQ vs. EQ: UB Students Learn Importance of Emotional Intelligence

August 26, 2016

Think you're pretty book-smart? How about emotionally smart? In February's Saturday Academy, UB students learned about Emotional Intelligence (EQ), and how being emotionally smart is the key to college, career, and relational success.

Guest presenter Gale Mote, professor with the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business Executive MBA program and founder of the organizational effectiveness consulting group Gale Mote Associates, led the entertaining EQ workshop. The session focused on leading students to test and develop self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management skills- the four fundamental components of EQ.

Through hands-on activities, video examples, games such as “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”, and role-playing in real-world scenarios, UB students developed strategies for improving their EQs. These strategies included utilizing a self “pause button”, learning to read and respond to body language, demonstrating effective feedback, and using “I-statements” when initiating tough conversations with others.

The next Saturday Academy, “The Successful Student”, will take place Saturday, March 28th from 10am-2pm on the University of Iowa campus.

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