Emotional Intelligence (EQ) 

Over the last few years coaches have come to understand that when it  comes to happiness and success, emotional intelligence (EQ) matters more than intellectual ability (IQ).

If you want  to build stronger relationships, or succeed at work, then higher emotional intelligence usually helps. Highly successful people who achieve their career and personal goals are even 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.  Coaching for Physicians often uses an EQ assessment and training in many aspects of coaching but it is especially valuable in conflict situations and anger management.

Dr. Patrick Hudson MD, FACS, BCC is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Fellow of the National Anger Management Association. He is also a  Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and a Board Certified Coach. In addition to his medical degrees, he has advanced degrees in Mental Health Counseling, Medical Ethics and Liberal Arts. Dr. Hudson is an anger management specialist certified by the NAMA and is available for coaching and education. He specializes in individual anger management and emotional intelligence coaching for physicians and surgeons.


Ananth, S. (2013, October 31). Emotional Intelligence: A New Requirement for Physicians. Retrieved May 7, 2015, from http://www.hhnmag.com/display/HHN-news-article.dhtml?dcrPath=/templatedata/HF_Common/NewsArticle/data/HHN/Daily/2013/Oct/ananth103113-6410005489

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