Emotional intelligence is not the opposite of intelligence. It is not the triumph of heart over head — it is the unique intersection of both.
These were the words by our esteem guest of honor, Dr. David Caruso – management psychologist from Yale University, California. He develops and conducts emotional intelligence training around the world.
The 2nd Human Resource Conference on ‘Emotional Intelligence’ was organized on 22nd and 23rd January, 2015 by the HR department and supported by Humanist- The HR Club of SIMSR. The conveners were Prof. (Dr). Hemangi Bhalerao and Prof. (Dr). Shailja Karve
On the first day, there was a conference on Emotional Intelligence which was attended by dignitaries from both corporate and academic domains. The diverse audience from all corners of the world, were enthralled by the interactive session conducted by Dr. Caruso.
He emphasized that emotional information plays a critical role in our working lives since the relationships we form are governed by rules of behavior – of cooperation and dominance, among others – that are triggered by our emotions. Being able to understand this information, and its impact on personnel and the organization, is what makes an individual, at least in part, emotionally intelligent.
Next day we witnessed an enriching paper presentation discussion by mavens from different spheres including academics, corporate and defense who shared their research on Emotional Intelligence and its implications in an organization.
The participants discussed that the business leaders who can embrace the emotional side of an organization will infuse strength and meaning into management structures, and bring them to life.
Also, People high in EI will build real social fabric within an organization, and between an organization and those it serves, whereas those low in EI may tend to create problems for the organization through their individual behaviors
The panels were moderated by Prof. (Dr.) Meenakshi Aggarwal Gupta, IIM Indore and Prof (Dr.) Satishchandra Kumar, HOD Department of Psychology, University of Mumbai.
Altogether the conference was a great success and provided a platform for immense learning experience and industry-academic interaction.