'The Rise of The Machines' and Why Emotional Intelligence Is Important

'The Rise of The Machines' and Why Emotional Intelligence Is Important

January 17, 20244 min read

'The Rise of The Machines' and Why Emotional Intelligence Is Important

Imagine a world where smart machines become too smart for their own good, surpassing us humans in intelligence.

This is the spooky idea behind the "rise of the machines," made famous by movies like Terminator.

In Terminator: Rise of the Machines, a super-smart AI called Skynet goes rogue and starts a war against humanity.

And the reality is that today, in a world where AI (Artificial Intelligence) seems to be on the rise many people are becoming increasingly concerned as to how far this can go and the impact it can have on humankind. 

Many are afraid that the rise in AI will result in them losing their jobs to automated 'bots' and other forms of advanced technology.

Yet, there is an area that AI can't replace, and that is the areas of EI (Emotional Intelligence).

A recent Forbes headline has stated that "Emotional Intelligence No.1 Leadership Skill For 2024, Says Research"

The Forbes article states that: "If there's one thing that all of the most effective leaders and high-performing professionals have in common, and that anyone moving into 2024 needs to prioritize on their professional development radar, it's possessing high levels of EQ (emotional intelligence)."

The Forbes article goes on to state that: "According to the Word Economic Forum's Future of Jobs 2023 report, qualities associated with emotional intelligence such as resilience, curiosity, lifelong learning, motivation, and self-awareness, are highly prized by businesses and will continue to be so for the next few years."

According to the Forbes article, the Word Economic Forum's Future of Jobs 2023 report also states that: "evidence that businesses emphasize the importance of resilient and reflective workers embracing a culture of lifelong learning ...."

And a Lee Hecht Harrison Penna survey conducted in 2019 revealed that out of 500 people managers, an estimated 75% use emotional intelligence levels as a criteria for considering a team member for a promotion or salary increase.

You can read the Forbes article here - https://www.forbes.com/sites/rachelwells/2024/01/05/emotional-intelligence-no1-leadership-skill-for-2024-says-research/?sh=1ae777882888

So emotional intelligence is something worth cultivating if you are looking to get on and achieve more in life.

But, if that is the case we then have to ask ourselves whether that type of motivation actually counter-intuitive to what emotional intelligence truly is?


Emotional Intelligence, as described by Daniel Goleman in his book 'Emotional Intelligence', refers to the ability to recognize, understand, manage, and effectively use one's own emotions as well as the emotions of others.

It involves being aware of and responsive to emotions in ourselves and those around us, influencing our behavior and interactions positively.

What's important to understand is that Daniel Goleman's concept of "managing the emotions of others" in the context of emotional intelligence is not about control or manipulation in a negative sense.

It doesn't imply manipulating or coercing others into feeling a certain way.

Instead, it refers to the ability to understand, influence, and positively impact the emotional states of those around you in a constructive and ethical manner.

But this isn't something new.

It is something that seems to have been forgotten or misunderstood as a weakness in the western worlds desire for success based on power, position, money and material gain.


In Buddhism, the concept of intelligence is often associated with dualistic thinking.

And this form of intelligence is considered limited because it operates within the framework of conceptual distinctions, judgments, and attachments to personal views.

The idea is that ordinary intelligence, while valuable for navigating everyday life, can also be a source of suffering as it creates attachments to personal views.

Therefore, to become truly wise, one must go beyond the limitations of ordinary intelligence and cultivate a deeper, non-conceptual understanding of reality.

This process often involves practices such as meditation, mindfulness, and the development of insight into the concepts of 'Emptiness' and 'Impermanence'.

On my own personal and professional journey, I have learned that the Buddhist concepts of 'Letting go, 'Emptiness', and 'Impermanence' can significantly contribute to the development of emotional intelligence by providing valuable perspectives on the nature of emotions and the human experience, such as:

Letting go - Allowing emotions to arise and pass without becoming overly attached or controlled by them;

Emptiness - the ability to see emotions as transient and not fixed aspects of the self;

Impermanence - the understanding that all things, including emotions, are in a constant state of flux and change, which encourages individuals to accept the impermanent nature of feelings and situations and to avoid getting stuck in negative emotions or resisting inevitable changes.

In summary, the Buddhist precepts of letting go, emptiness, and impermanence provide a profound framework for enhancing emotional intelligence.

By incorporating these concepts into one's mindset and practices, you can develop a more balanced, resilient, and adaptive approach to your emotions and interpersonal interactions.

I'll be covering these topics and the science behind them on this unique 2 x day event in February - there area number of very limited places left if you are interested - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/emotional-intelligence-qt-meditation-mindfulness-and-nlp-workshop-tickets-749800632877?aff=oddtdtcreator

Have a great day.


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Mark Dawes

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