The rapid change of the workplace over the past 30 years have required people to become more resilient, open-minded and committed to life-long learning. Schools have an important role to play in this regard to sure that their pupils enter this world well-prepared. In researching what makes the greatest difference in the world of work and adult happiness, there is little doubt that Emotional Intelligence is the most important factor.
As a school, we have intentionally made this part of our “hidden curriculum”. Being a girls’ school unique opportunities exist for us to focus on understanding oneself and others. By developing our girls’ EQ, we enable them to develop perseverance, self-control and collaborative skills: all of which are associated with high personal and academic success. As Artificial Intelligence and robotics/technology reaches even higher levels, the need for greater empathy and understanding of people is required. This is crucial in terms of leadership, design, management and research.
Given the fact that many of our girls are at St Mary’s for 13 years, the cumulative effect of this approach is significant. A highly developed Emotional Intelligence enables people to be more flexible and at the same time, stronger in their own value set. They cope better with change and are able to lead and find solutions. We are convinced that EQ is the catalyst which enables IQ to function optimally.