IQ, EQ, MQ, and BQ ……What one really needs to succeed?

Wikipedia says that intelligence quotient, or IQ, is a score derived from one of several standardized tests designed to assess intelligence. IQ tests are used as an indicator of logical reasoning ability and technical intelligence.

It is generally presumed that a high IQ is a prerequisite for being successful in one’s career. But in recent times, the world is realizing that IQ, by itself, is not adequate to predict executive competence and corporate success!

A recent research carried out by the Carnegie Institute of Technology shows that 85 percent of your financial success is due to skills in “human engineering,” your personality and ability to communicate, negotiate, and lead. Shockingly, only 15 percent is due to technical knowledge. Additionally, Nobel Prize winning Israeli-American psychologist, Daniel Kahneman, found that people would rather do business with a person they like and trust rather than someone they don’t, even if the likeable person is offering a lower quality product or service at a higher price.

With this in mind, instead of exclusively focusing on your conventional intelligence quotient, you should make an investment in strengthening your EQ (Emotional Intelligence), MQ (Moral Intelligence), and BQ (Body Intelligence). These concepts may be elusive and difficult to measure, but their significance is far greater than IQ.

EQ or Emotional Intelligence: EQ is the most well-known of the three, and in brief it is about being aware of your own feelings and those of others, regulating these feelings in yourself and others, using emotions that are appropriate to the situation, self-motivation, and building relationships.

MQ or Moral Intelligence: MQ directly follows EQ as it deals with your integrity, responsibility, sympathy, and forgiveness. The way you treat yourself is the way other people will treat you. Keeping commitments, maintaining your integrity, and being honest are crucial to moral intelligence.

BQ or Body Intelligence: Lastly, there is your BQ, or body intelligence, which reflects what you know about your body, how you feel about it, and take care of it. Your body is constantly telling you things; are you listening to the signals or ignoring them? Are you eating energy-giving or energy-draining foods on a daily basis? Are you getting enough rest? Do you exercise and take care of your body? It may seem like these matters are unrelated to business performance, but your body intelligence absolutely affects your work because it largely determines your feelings, thoughts, self-confidence, state of mind, and energy level.

What You Really Need To Succeed

It doesn’t matter if you did not receive the best academic training from a top university. A person with less education who has fully developed their EQ, MQ, and BQ can be far more successful than a person with an impressive education who falls short in these other categories.

Yes, it is certainly good to be an intelligent, rational thinker and have a high IQ; this is an important asset. But you must realize that it is not enough. Your IQ will help you personally, but EQ, MQ, and BQ will benefit everyone around you as well. If you can master the complexities of these unique and often under-rated forms of intelligence, research tells us you will achieve greater success and be regarded as more professionally competent and capable.

(Acknowledgements: Inputs for this write-up came from a publication in Forbes and Bloomberg by Mr Keld Jensen)

4 thoughts on “IQ, EQ, MQ, and BQ ……What one really needs to succeed?

  1. Excellent and clear, perhaps these are one in the same. I have one suggestion to make on the MQ. I’d change it to EQ but EQ is taken. Perhaps we could call it FQ – Fairness Quotient.

    Ethics are not a set of moral principles. Morals are culturally and religiously determined and ethics crosses the cultural boundaries. In other words, they are fungible.

    Lots of studies are now showing humans, and many animals, are born with an innate sense of fairness. This is something all of us can agree on regardless of race or ethnic rancor.

    The Bible has over 700,000 words in it, many in conflict but the book of ethics only has two words, be fair.

    To determine the most efficacious model of social acceptance we need to see if the concepts are fungible, i.e. work across state lines.

    There are numerous instances of where our morals in the US do not translate into the morals of other cultures, the Islamic culture for instance.

    Yet, armed with the prime directive to, not be invasive on an inferior species, but to be fair, no cultural boundaries stand in your way. Wherever you go, you will find ethical people.

    If you carry your moral trappings with you, you are sure to offend others.

  2. I’m so impressed. This is Spartan in its delivery, yet the subject and message are communicated wholesomely. I’ll print this for my personal “keep” binder so i return to this article in my remaining years. Thanks

  3. I agree with above article. Just a little addition what I think is SQ (Spiritual Quotient).

    I think the more the person is connected with his/her inner core i.e. when they have higher SQ, they are definitely going to have higher BQ, MQ, EQ and IQ. The more importance when allotted to the SQ growth through practice of Yoga, Pranayam and Meditation (all the ancient techniques of self improvisation/development) the growth of a person becomes holistic. He develops a state of mind which is not wavered by pain or sorrow. It develops and unveils the inner confidence in body language.

    Please share with me if anyone has any different opinion on the subject. I shall be glad to update myself.

  4. Nice article Satish sir. Its true that now a days BQ, MQ and EQ are more important than IQ. Keep writing.

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