About this episode:

Every reveal, so to speak, is unique and everybody’s results are unique. So, before [they even get their] results back, I think it is really important to provide an understanding of what Emotional Intelligence is.”

-Emotional Intelligence Expert Edythe Richards  

Most everyone knows what IQ means—it’s the intelligence quotient, a score derived from several standardized tests to measure a person’s intelligence. An average IQ score might be around 100, whereas the score of a genius-level person might exceed 150. But, few people in the world know what EQ means—that is the quotient of emotional intelligence, which measures our ability to be aware of, control, and express emotion, and, to handle interpersonal relationships judicially and empathically.

In this first part of a two-part episode, we welcome back Edythe Richards. She is the founder and executive coach at A Top Career and a subject-level expert on Emotional Intelligence. Edythe helps us to take on emotional intelligence to learn what it is, why it is important, and how we can use it to make our work and workplace experiences positive and meaningful.

Important discussion points:

  • What is EQ? [starts at 2:39]
  • How does EQ differ from IQ? [starts at 5:57]
  • Edythe reviews Dan’s EQ assessment [starts at 7:48]
  • How do her clients turn the “shock” of revealed results into positive action? [starts at 24:59]

About our guest: When she was a child, growing up on a farm in Delaware, Edythe Richards dreamed about being a singer. “It wasn’t just the music, or the pitch, or whatever was playing on the radio,” she recalls. “More than anything, for me being a singer was about performing in front of an audience. I loved making others feel good and bringing them joy.”

Richards never rode her childhood dreams of singing into a performing arts career. But, she leveraged her love of public speaking and passion for empowering others as a professional career counselor, a Master Practitioner in Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment, and, a subject-matter expert in the field of Emotional Intelligence.

Edythe Richards received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Delaware and a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling from Seton Hall University. Her nationally recognized career counseling consultancy, A Top Career, is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia.

EPISODE DATE: October 18, 2019

Previous guest appearance:

Discovering Yourself: ‘Knowing Your Myers-Briggs Type’ Opens Gateways to Meaningful Work

Published work:

Myers-Briggs Myths and Misuse

Social media:

A Top Career Website

A Top Career Facebook Page

MBTI Question Corner Podcast

LinkedIn Page

Photo credits: Emotional Intelligence, iStock Photo; Photographic Portrait, Edythe Richards