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“What really matters for success, character, happiness and life-long achievements is a definite set of emotional skills— not just purely cognitive abilities.” — Daniel Goleman. Elucidate.

Topic : Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.

7. “What really matters for success, character, happiness and life-long achievements is a definite set of emotional skills— not just purely cognitive abilities.” — Daniel Goleman. Elucidate. (250 words)

Reference: Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude by Lexicon Publications

Why the question:

The question is based on the importance of emotional intelligence.

Key Demand of the question:

One must explain the importance of emotional skills over mere cognitive abilities.

Directive:

Elucidate – Give a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Introduction should briefly explain about cognitive abilities.

Body:

Cognitive abilities are those skills, which are present by birth or innate abilities. E.g. some people are week in calculations which their poor cognitive ability. In general, such cognitive abilities are considered important for professional success, profit and personal growth in career.

Explain what emotional skills are and why they are important for long term success, happiness and strong character.

Emotional skills refer to emotional quotient or emotional intelligence of a person. To achieve long term success in life, eternal happiness and strong character person needs to have high emotional intelligence and not just cognitive abilities.

Conclusion:

According to research by Daniel Goleman, 80% of success at work is because of EI while only 20% is because of cognitive abilities (IQ).