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What Is Emotional Intelligence And Why Do I Need It?

What Is Emotional Intelligence And Why Do I Need It?

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This week on the Real for Life podcast we are talking about Emotional Intelligence. Lance Wigton is joined by long time Real Life member Beth Koep, who is a Clinical Supervisor for a Community Mental Health Provider in North Idaho.

Beth has led Emotional Intelligence workshops for our Real Life Staff and for members in our Real Life Classes venue, and today she is talking through some of the information from her training.

Leadership is influencing people to follow you. As disciples of Jesus, we are called to lead people. In order for people to follow us, we need to have an emotional understanding of ourselves and of others.

As disciples and ambassadors for Jesus, it is important that we work on developing and improving our Emotional Intelligence. The ability to engage with others and become aware of their emotional state is an important component of our knowledge and ability to reach them. It will help us not only to determine what questions to ask others to help us identify their needs, it can also bring about an awareness of own emotional reflexes and filters so that we can ensure they don’t get in the way.


Some of things Lance and Beth discuss include:

  • What is Emotional Intelligence?
  • Why is your EI more important in leadership than your IQ?
  • How do emotions motivate behavior?
  • Why Self Awareness is the cornerstone of EI.
  • Why trust and vulnerability are key.
  • How do guilt and shame contribute to Self-Awareness?

We hope you find this session enlightening and helpful, and we encourage you to subscribe to this podcast so that you don’t miss new episodes!

You may also be interested in the following resources:

First Steps – Beginning The Disciple’s Journey

The Core of Discipleship – Jim Putman

What Is A Disciple? Podcast with Jim Putman

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