According to Dr Dorrian Aiken, part-time lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch Business School, EQ is considered to be more important than IQ in leadership, management , parenting and teaching “because emotions are contagious”.
She says one person can influence the well-being of others by behaving in a way that causes them to become demotivated.
How we influence one another through our emotional intelligence and through our positivity is really important
— Dr Dorrian Aiken, part-time lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch Business School
Dr Aiken says some evidence suggest that human beings are born with empathy, and we are compassionate beings, but we are also influenced by our environment.