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What Makes Us Successful?
Post by Peg Smith
Daniel Goleman, the psychologist who originated the concept of emotional intelligence, states: “High levels of cognitive ability (measured IQ of 120 or greater) are a threshold qualification for leadership roles. Once you are at or above that level, IQ loses power as a predictor of success. EQ then plays a larger role.”
So, how does the camp experience play a role in one’s success? In the book True North, Bill George and Peter Simms write that EQ starts with self-awareness of your life story and the crucibles you have experienced.
At camp, one has the opportunity to participate in three requirements for self-awareness.
- One has the opportunity to experience real life/world experiences, including leadership. You are unplugged.
- One has the opportunity to reflect about those experiences and consider ways to improve. You are present.
- One has the opportunity for group interactions that enhances your chances to share and receive feedback. You are a part of a team.
Although these requirements are not rocket science, often, without intentionality, they are lost in the blur of activity. Don’t miss opportunities to help others learn to be successful.