Basics of Emotional Intelligence

Over the last few years, coaches have come to understand that when it  comes to happiness and success, emotional intelligence (EQ) matters as much or more than intellectual ability (IQ). If you are physician or surgeon who wants to build stronger relationships or succeed at work, then higher emotional intelligence often helps. Highly successful people who achieve their career and personal goals are more likely to have a high EQ than a high IQ.

So what is emotional intelligence (EQ)? EQ is the ability to identify and use, our emotions in positive ways to communicate effectively and empathize with others. It is a useful tool to defuse conflict and an important part of anger management.  People with high emotional intelligence are able to recognize their own emotional state and the emotional states of those around them. They can use this understanding of emotions to relate to others and create better relationships, as well as have more success at work. 

Emotional intelligence has at least five component skills:

    • Self-awareness  

    • Self-management or self-regulation

    • Motivation 

    • Empathy

    • Social awareness  & Relationship management 

The good news is these skills can often be taught and, unlike IQ, EQ can increase as we grow older. Dr. Hudson may use DiSC and  EQ assessment and training in many aspects of coaching but it is especially valuable in conflict situations and anger management. "Physicians who understand patient-centeredness and caring behaviors can help hospitals to prevent medical errors (and) avoid litigation" (Ananth 2013) and can also reduce staff  turnover.

In addition to individual coaching sessions, Coaching for Physicians can schedule appointments for marathon coaching either at Dr. Hudson’s farm in Cedar Grove, Santa Fe, NM or his uptown office location in Albuquerque.  For an additional fee and expenses, Dr. Hudson will also come to you and provide one-on-one, confidential marathon coaching intensives in your home, office or other location.In marathon coaching  individuals meet one-on-one with Dr. Hudson for 5 hours a day and for 1-3 consecutive days and stay overnight at a nearby hotel or bed and breakfast (we can help you make arrangements). Each individual or couple has a unique schedule that is worked out in advance.Marathon coaching is especially useful for physician clients who cannot attend weekly coaching sessions and need to travel from distant locations. It provides a brief, intensive and focused approach to your coaching issues and is designed to help you learn new skills in less time. 


Ananth, S. (2013, October 31). Emotional Intelligence: A New Requirement for Physicians. Retrieved May 7, 2015, from

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