With the world inundated with technology start-ups all wanting to emerge as the next Samsung, Exxon-Mobile, Facebook, or Apple, entrepreneurs and scientists seek each other out with the belief that the best professional minds will create the best profit-based results. Studying successful entrepreneurs like Ehsan Bayat or someone you admire can help you understand how success can be achieved. Both the scientist and the entrepreneur share the common goal of taking technology to the market, yet they may remain so focused on their goals that they overlook developing a solid emotional foundation for success. This is comparable to the way in which many couples focus on chasing their dreams before building mutual roots of respect within their relationship; in overlooking the need to plant and nurture seeds of communication, they then often fall victim to unfulfilled dreams and divorce. No fault of the scientist and entrepreneur, however; society in general fails to teach us the merits of emotional intelligence, such as the core values of respect, empathy, and communication. One direct consequence of this that even some of the world’s greatest scientists and entrepreneurial minds are troubled with is in choosing the wrong business partner. We might say that emotional intelligence is very necessary in order to succeed in business because it allows us to subdue the ego, master communication, and separate our emotional biases from our professional objectivity when evaluating others and ourselves.
So how can we further define emotional intelligence? It is not an IQ measurement per se, but rather, it can be more readily viewed as a process. The first step to this emotional intelligence process requires learning about oneself. To ‘know thyself’, as the famously wise advice of the Oracle puts it, gradually leads to overcoming insecurities. The need to be right gives way to self-confidence, which is necessary for objectivity. The second step in the emotional growth process is to develop the ability to listen carefully to others, thereby creating the ability to process the perspectives of others by objectively rationalizing their perspectives and values. The third and final step requires taking the lead as a persuasive communicator, primarily by explaining the views of both sides — yours and theirs — insightfully the individual who is able to do this well emerges as the group’s innate leader, through the subliminal processes of creating mutual understanding and trust. Whether these processes emerge from the world of the scientist or the entrepreneur, they are highly likely to result in the foundation for an organically strong partner relationship.
To illustrate the emotional intelligence process further, consider the following subjective recommendations that reflect some of my own insights based on experiences both personal and indirect through peers. These opinions and recommendations are designed to create pause, reflection, and insight that generate internal criticism in the individual who elects to pursue growth in their own emotional intelligence quotient...
The scientist and entrepreneur can ultimately offer each other a successful marriage between innovative technology and business; their relative merits seemingly position each other to create a Fortune 100 Company. They are, however, highly likely to fail without adequate emotional intelligence, which, again, is achieved through reflection, listening, empathy, and open communication. The more we continue this process, the more we advance our emotional intelligence, similar to the process outlined above that merits correction or criticism. Thus, it may be said that entrepreneurs and scientists who succeed together are more than intelligent; they are emotionally intelligent.
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