What Kind Of Smart Are You?

Chances are you have the brains to work things out or you wouldn’t be where you are today. There are 3 primary types of intelligence - the first 2 are IQ and EIQ. To date, most of us have been taught our ‘smarts’ come from our intelligence quotient or IQ. What is an IQ and what is its origin?

The Business Insider reports, “in the early 1900s, dozens of intelligence tests were developed in Europe and America claiming to offer unbiased ways to measure a person's cognitive ability. The first of these tests was developed by French psychologist Alfred Binet, who was commissioned by the French government to identify students who would face the most difficulty in school. The resulting 1905 Binet-Simon Scale became the basis for modern IQ testing.”

An intelligence quotient (IQ) is a total score derived from several government standardized tests designed to assess human intelligence. The higher your IQ, the smarter you are, so say the experts. As we now know the limitations of this evaluation are monumental. Ironically, “Binet actually thought that IQ tests were inadequate measures for intelligence, pointing to the test's inability to properly measure creativity or emotional intelligence.”

In an effort to bridge this intelligence gap, In the 1960's Daniel Goleman defined and coined the phrase Emotional Intelligence. Until recently, the characteristics associated with emotional intelligence have been viewed as the driving force behind leadership evolution and success, not to mention personal achievement.

Turns out, just figuring (IQ) or thinking (brain) your way along is not as effective as feeling (EIQ ) your way forward. And, the integration of IQ and EIQ is a winning combination. Now, enter the 3rd level of intelligence.

With the onset of frontier sciences such as Epigenetics, this newly revealed category of intelligence has been shown to outperform both IQ and EIQ. When integrated with the first 2, it is considered by many the highest form of intelligence to date and crucial for leaders in this transformational age.


Join us for Thursday’s Catalyst Conversation as I explore this new form of essential intelligence.


With Grace, Kimble

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