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Strategic Leadership Resources Announces the Ultimate Tool for Raising EQ: Adaptive Inquiry®

Pennington, NJ (PRWEB) November 03, 2013

For some time, Emotional Intelligence (EI) has been considered as a significant “building block” for effective leadership, decision-making, healthy relationships, collaboration and partnerships, and according to a recent Bloomberg article, Emotional Quotient (EQ) is also the best antidote for stress. Andrea Zintz, Ph.D., president of Strategic Leadership Resources, which provides high potential leadership development, recently published a paper with cognitive scientist Charles M. Jones that speaks to the power of Adaptive Inquiry as a way to raise EQ.

“Once seen as the cause of poor decisions and irrational behavior, emotions are now seen as sources of awareness and motivation,” Zintz says. “Bosses who used to tell their employees to ‘check their emotions at the door’ are starting to tell them to ‘show more emotional intelligence’ in their day-to-day work and office interactions.

In their paper, Zintz and Jones present a series of observations that comprise a new theory of the actual versus perceived role of emotion. They’ve included a case study showing how this theory is being used to increase performance in corporate settings, along with information regarding:

  •     Needs, stress and painful emotions
  •     Conscious versus unconscious mind

The pair also writes about the single most important practice for managing negative emotions: using Adaptive Inquiry to shift from projective to adaptive interpretation. According to Zintz and Jones, those caught in a projective interpretation of stress:

  •     Erroneously conclude that the cause of their emotions is outside their control
  •     Lose confidence in their ability to control their emotions
  •     Fall into a state of distress in which their only options are to resign themselves to living with their emotions or rail against their fate

Alternatively, by using an adaptive interpretation of stress to correctly attribute the cause of emotion to a temporary inability to meet one or more needs, employees will:

  •     Conclude that the cause of their emotions is within their control
  •     Remain confident in their ability to control their emotions
  •     Enter into a state of eustress in which addressing their present emotions represents an opportunity to update their beliefs, increase their competence and improve their performance going forward

“While conducting training programs on this material, we asked mid-level employees at several Fortune 500 companies how much of their time they spent in the projective versus adaptive interpretation of emotions,” Zintz said. “The most common answer was 70% versus 30%. If this ratio is indicative of businesses worldwide, training employees how to recognize when they’re caught in a projective interpretation of their emotions and shift into an adaptive interpretation—thereby raising their EQ—represents a huge untapped opportunity to increase employee performance and quality of life.”

About Strategic Leadership Resources
Strategic Leadership Resources is a leadership development firm made up of professionals who know what it’s like to lead organizations. Our counsel comes from years of field experience and best practices. We offer executive coaching, leadership alignment facilitation, and mentoring programs. Although we have developed a number of unique and proprietary approaches and tools, we are not bound by any single methodology or way of working. To learn about more about SLR, visit

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