A Brief Explanation of Emotional Intelligence from Dr. Thom Rainer

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Here’s a brief word from Dr. Rainer on Emotional Intelligence (summarized from Daniel Golman’s book Emotional Intelligence). The implications of emotional intelligence within pastoral ministry or leadership in general, are very significant.  In fact, Dr. Rainer says that “ministry leaders who have a healthy emotional iq (intelligence quotient) are likely to have greater ministry benefit.”

So what exactly is emotional intelligence? Rainer submits five facets that comprise emotional intelligence. These are…

  1. Self-awareness – an awareness of your emotional, moods, desires, etc.
  1. Self-control – an avoidance of emotional outbursts, thinking before speaking, as well as someone who is comfortable with ambiguity and exudes an openness to change.
  1. Motivation – a passion for work that goes beyond money or status and the propensity to pursue goals with energy and commitment.
  1. Empathy – the ability to understand the emotional makeup of others and also entails not being sarcastic or making condescending remarks.
  1. Social skills – the…

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