Round-up of Day 2 at the first European Society of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition (ESVCN) Workshop
Did you know you have an EQ, as well as an IQ? Emotional intelligence (EQ), unlike intellect (IQ), develops with age. Life’s experiences - good and bad – can shape your EQ. Your EQ is what makes you unique, and understanding your own behavioural traits is a powerful tool for building good teams and strengthening leadership.
On the second day of the ESVCN workshop, delegates got a thorough grounding in emotional intelligence with a full day session, led by Lesley Roberts from Brave Conservations
. In fact, it started a couple of weeks before the event, when participants completed a self-assessment and had the opportunity to gather feedback from their manager, peers and direct reports.Open discussions
At the workshop, the ten different personality components in the Roche Martin Emotional Capital Report
were explained, before delegates’ own personal reports were returned. The detailed feedback provided answers to questions such as; how self-confident are you? How optimistic do others think you are? Are you empathetic? Honest and open discussion in pairs then helped to explore each person’s strengths and areas where they could improve.
Understanding yourself, and others’ perceptions of you, provides a very powerful platform for self-development. EQ profiling has been a relatively new insight, only really introduced in the last 5 years. It is primarily utilised within commercial companies to develop leaders, but seldom used in research or academic settings. It is hoped that providing this opportunity to the workshop delegates will give them a solid basis for success in the future.