Stewart Desson, CEO and founder of Lumina and Julie Ensor, Lead Developer Lumina Emotion
In the afternoon, Stewart Desson, BusinessPsychologist, CEO and founder of Lumina and Julie Ensor Business Psychologist, Psychometrician and Lead Developer on Lumina Emotion, presented to the group. Lumina set out to challenge some of the biases apparent in the standard conceptualisation of what ‘Emotional Intelligence’ is and is not. In particular, the speakers made the case that the psychometric measurement of Emotional Intelligence would benefit from:
- Taking a more balanced view of Emotional Intelligence and not seeing it just as a function of high Extraversion, Agreeableness, Conscientious and Low Neurotic traits.
- Not seeing emotional intelligence as static (e.g. being high on empathy), but recognising it as a dynamic process of managing your thoughts, feeling and emotions effectively.
- Embracing the overlap between personality and EI, rather than trying to diminish it.
These concepts have been introduced into Lumina Learning’s pioneering new model of emotional intelligence, Lumina Emotion. The session presented the latest validity data, as well as giving everybody an interactive short experience of its application.