Is “emotional intelligence” a contradiction in terms? One tradition in Western thought has viewed emotions as disorganized interruptions of mental activity, so potentially disruptive that they must be controlled.
In any policing controversy–excessive use of force, racial profiling, police suicide, discourtesy– separating human emotions from that controversy’s cause is difficult. An officer’s emotional intelligence–whether the lack of emotional awareness or the inability to control emotions–will emerge. There can be no escaping one’s emotions; indeed, if repressed, they cause even more problems.
In October 2006, the armies revised leadership doctrine became official with the publication of Field Manual six – two. The new leadership framework introduced by FM six – 22 highlighted 12 leadership attributes and eight leadership competencies: what the leader needs to : Be, Know, and Do.”
One characteristic of effective officers is the ability to recognize and manage their emotions. In fact, studies have demonstrated that individuals with higher levels of emotional intelligence (EI), relative to others, are better able to perceive and manage their emotions, have more positive social interactions, and engage in fewer problem behaviors, including aggressive and violent acts.
The Overland Park Kansas Fire Department has identified that Emotional Intelligence is a desirable characteristic for organizational leaders. This has culminated from participation in citywide leadership trainings along with other professional development venues and literature review.
Why EQ Matters?
"People will forget what you said and what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel."
“The emotional brain responds to an event more quickly than the thinking brain.”
“An emotion does not cause pain. Resistance or suppression of emotion causes pain.”
“It isn't stress that makes us fail - it's how we respond to stressful events.”
Take the BlueEQTM self-assessment
The BlueEQTM self-assessment consists of 150 rapid response questions
and takes an average of 20 minutes to complete.