Howard Gardner publishes in 1983 Frames of Mind establishing by first time its theory of the multiple intelligences. In a later work he summarizes them in the following way (Gardner, 1993): Linguistic Intelligence, Logical-mathematical Intelligence, Spatial Intelligence, Musical Intelligence, Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence, Interpersonal Intelligence and Intrapersonal Intelligence.

Of the seven, we are concerned the last two. He defined as Interpersonal Intelligence the ability to understand other people: what motivates them, how they work, how to work cooperatively with them. It is the ability to identify their moods, temperament, motivations and intentions. It enables you to read the intentions and desires of others even when not shown.

The Intrapersonal Intelligence refers to the internal aspects of a person, access to one’s own feeling live, one’s range of emotions. It is the ability to discriminate between these emotions, providing and guiding one’s own behaviour. A person with good intrapersonal intelligence has a viable effective model of himself or herself.

Earlier other authors related emotional content with the concept of intelligence. Edward Lee Thorndike introduced the concept of Social Intelligence toward the years 20 but at that time the definition of IQ and their corresponding test to measure monopolized all the attention.

It was in 1990 when Peter Salovey and John D Mayer introduced the concept of Emotional Intelligence (Salovey & Mayer, 1990) organizing the Gardner personal intelligences (interpersonal and intrapersonal) in five major competences:

  • The knowledge of one’s own emotions
  • The ability to control the emotions
  • The ability to motivate oneself
  • The knowledge of other people emotions
  • The control of relationships

But it is not until the appearance of the book Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman when popularizes the term. In the words of Goleman, is in these other characteristics that we have been called emotional intelligence, features such as the ability to motivate ourselves, to persevere in the effort despite the possible frustrations, to control impulses, to postpone the bonuses, to regulate our own moods, to prevent the anguish interfere with our thinking skills and, finally, but not least important, the ability of emphasize and rely on the other (Goleman, 1995).

On the basis different frames of generic competencies (MOSAIC, Spencer & Spencer, Boyatzis and Rosier), Goleman relates twenty-five competences with five dimensions of the emotional intelligence (Goleman, 1998).

At present are being very used two tests nof the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations. The Emotional Competency Inventory (ECI) created in 1999 as a variant of the dictionary of Goleman and the Emotional and Social Competency Inventory (ESCI), an evolution in the ECI created in 2007 and that is becoming de facto in the standard of measurement of the socio-emotional competences. The ESCI offers a way to assess the strengths and weaknesses of individuals, giving them precise, focused information on exactly which competencies they will want to improve on in order to meet their career goals. (Boyatzis, 2007).

The ESCI measures 12 competencies organized into four clusters:

Self Awareness

  • Emotional Self-Awareness (Emotional Awareness)

Self Management

  • Emotional Self-Control
  • Adaptability
  • Achievement Orientation (Achievement)
  • Positive Outlook (Optimism)

Social Awareness

  • Empathy:
  • Organizational Awareness

Relationship Management

  • Coach and Mentor (Developing Others)
  • Inspirational Leadership
  • Influence
  • Conflict Management
  • Teamwork (Teamwork & Collaboration)

Gardner, H. (1993). Multiple Intelligences. The Theory in Practice. New York: BasicBooks.

Salovey, P., & Mayer, J. D. (1990). Emotional Intelligence. Imagination, Cognition and Personality (9), 185-211.

Goleman, D. (1995). Emotional intelligence. New York: Bantam Books

Goleman, D. (1998). Working with Emotional Intelligence. London: Bloomsbury.

Boyatzis, R. (2007). The Creation of the Emotional and Social Competency Inventory (ESCI). Boston: Hay Group.

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