The Rich History and Future Potential of Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence Speaker

Dr. Laura Belsten is an internationally known expert in the field of social and emotional intelligence. The founder of the Institute for Social and Emotional Intelligence in Denver, Colorado, she's the author of the widely acclaimed social and emotional intelligence profile and toolkit.

Laura has studied extensively with international EI experts and she's certified in four other leading emotional intelligence instruments. She has been on the faculty of the University of Denver for over 20 years where she teaches graduate courses in leadership and communication, including a graduate course in coaching emotional intelligence.

Laura had been an Executive Coach in private practice for well over 20 years. She's a Master Certified Coach (MCC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF) and she earned her PhD in leadership and organisational communication from the University of Denver in 1996.

Laura will be speaking about the genesis of the most up-to-date research approach and model of social and emotional intelligence, and how it came to be a major factor contributing to the growth of the most successful people around the world. She will also offer a look ahead to the future of this exciting field.

03:11 - Review of the leading SEI methodologies and instruments

06:50 - The 4 Quadrant Model explained

08:25 - The evolution of Emotional Intelligence

14:00 - The Future of Emotional Intelligence as it integrates with Positive Psychology

To learn more about the 26 competencies of Social and Emotional Intelligence and how they work hand in hand with Positive Psychology, watch the full session video below.


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I'm going to be speaking on the rich history of Social and Emotional Intelligence -- its evolution,  model, and a little about the future.  

So, let's go ahead and take a look at this image:  

I like this image because if you look at the picture, you can see that the writing on the cellphone screen is not in English, which goes to the point that Emotions and social and emotional Intelligence are universal. 

In every culture, country, and language, emotions exist. Emotions are central to the human experience. It is what makes us human. Emotions come to us – they are information that comes into our lives, and it's universal.  

So, what we did at the Institute was we took a look at the leading instruments and models of Social and Emotional Intelligence. This was about 20 something years ago: 

The Emotional and Social Competency Inventory which was based on the work of Daniel Goleman and is now published by the Hay Group. 

The EQ-I 2.0 (Emotional Quotient Inventory) based on the work of Reuven Baron and published by Multi-Health Systems.  

The MSCEIT (Mayer, Salovey, Caruso) which was also published by Multi-Health systems. 

The Mayer, Salovey, and Caruso Emotional Intelligence test.  

The EQ map based on the work of Robert Cooper and Esther Orioli, and published by Essie Systems.  

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