Upon observing the current national political scene it is apparent that the concept of emotional intelligence needs to be brought to the forefront of the current presidential campaign. Never before in the history of America can I recall this low of a level of emotional intelligence in the arena of National Politics to become the most powerful leader in the free word.
It is a proven fact that our own intellect will only get us so far in this world, our ability to get along with others and express empathy with others is so important to have a cohesive planet. High emotional intelligence makes it imperative to feel for others and at the same time regulate our own behaviors.
Today's leaders must strengthen their thinking skills. It was once said that thinking is some of the hardest work, and apparently we see this concept on a national scale in today's politics.
It is never too late to acknowledge the fact our own intelligence will take us only so far, a matter of fact we can get to a level of success where our character can't sustain our success.
We need transformation in all levels of society from low emotional intelligence to high emotional intelligence. We need teach emotional intelligence at the earliest point of comprehension, as it would make for better adults who have honed the skill of empathy and self-regulation.
America needs leaders who possess a high degree of leadership skills through study and application combined with the core principles of emotional intelligence. Our ability to recognize and understand how our communication patterns and behaviors impact others in the world is crucial to living in peace on a diverse global planet.
Maybe we each can learn lessons that can help us in our own interaction on the planet from what we are observing on a national scale. A quote partly attributed to Mahatma Gandhi states, "Be the change you want to see in the world."
Now more than ever we need let our voices be heard, and begin to take a look at Daniel Goleman's work in his bestselling book Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ.
Phil Andrews is the President of Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. http://www.liaacc.org.