Wednesday, April 16, 2008

How's Your Emotional Intelligence?

Today I am attending the annual Texas Baptist Ministers of Education Retreat in Salado, Texas. It's being a great experience where I am reconnecting with lots of old friends in ministry as well as making lots of new ones.

One of the morning breakout conferences that caught my attention was entitled “Emotional Intelligence for Leaders” to be led by Julie O’Teter. She is on the Congregational Leadership Team of the BGCT and teaches Organizational Behavior at Dallas Baptist University. Her intro by-line stated that she is passionate about helping leaders connect more with themselves, others, and God. I had not met Julie before, but I soon discovered that in reality she is passionate about enjoying people and having fun!

One of the things that was taking place with the conference was that it was being videotaped for posting on which is a free on-line training site for church leaders. I’ll talk more about in another blog posting in the near future.

Over the years I have attended no telling how many conferences. But something happened today in Julie’s conference I have never experienced nor have ever known. I have heard stories of people sometimes forgetting to turn off their wireless microphones when they went to the restroom and the funny results. BUT, today during a mid-morning break Julie dropped her microphone into the toilet!!! She said at least she was glad she did it before and not after her business there. Anyway, we all had a great laugh, but so much for videotaping the second half of her conference. It will have to wait for a dry microphone.

Now, back to “Emotional Intelligence”… I was intrigued by the topic and was glad I chose to attend the conference. Julie did a great job introducing and overviewing the topic. One of the statements that especially struck me was…

EQ is more important than IQ or technical skills; IQ accounts for 15% of a person’s success; EQ accounts for 85%. The USAF used EQ scores to hire their new set of recruits vs. their IQ. They increased their “success” rate to 90% and saved $3 million over the next year.

Julie then went on to give a presentation about “The Emotionally Intelligent Team.” WOW! There is such huge potential for learning, improvement, and application in ministry to be found within this whole subject. Just imagine if you could find a way to increase your leadership success to 90% with the church staff teams and the volunteer ministry teams that you work with???

Here are some resources for you to explore that give good information, personal assessments, and practical team building ideas:

Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
Emotional Intelligence Quickbook by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves (this one has an on-line assessment code in it, so don’t buy it used)
Emotional Intelligence Activities for Busy Managers by Adele Lynn
The Emotionally Intelligent Team by Marcia Hughes and James Bradford Terrell
And you can contact Julie O’Teeter @

Until next time…share the journey and enjoy the ride!