Emotional Intelligence – Super smart Indian politicians!

Let me augment my previous post on Emotional Intelligence with two interesting videos.

In India, most of us feel that politicians are big time bozos.  But in reality they are the super smart individuals who successfully manage their emotions and eventually control emotions of millions. Simply put, they have very high EQ!

Case: 1 Mr. Chidambaram

A (Sikh) journalist threw a shoe at Home Minister P Chidambaram during a press conference; mainly because CBI gave clean chit to 1984 anti-Sikh riots accused Jagdish Tytler. Leaving the political angle apart, let us look into it from EI perspective.

The journalist was running ‘high’ emotions, because of which his rational brain simply stopped working. The Amygdala has taken the complete control, which has resulted in throwing shoe at home minister of the country. On the other hand, Chidambaram was in total control. He not only controlled his emotions, but also ensured that the press conference continued without any issues. If he would have reacted (say shouting back at the journalist) it would have been a different story altogether.

Case: 2 Mr. Lalu

While presenting the railway budget, many parliamentarians have urged Lalu (who was the railway minister then) to speak in English, who comes from a non-English speaking background. Assessing and understanding the situation well, Lalu didn’t get intimidated at all. He converted the situation into a humorous one by talking in broken English. It was Lalu’s smartness and high EQ, which came in handy.

As I mentioned in the presentation, life is all about handling situations in a smart way, where EI plays a significant role.