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Emotional Intelligence Trump style: how much Ei does The Donald have?

Now, there’s a question!

For the purposes of this article, and to keep it reasonably short, I will just look at three high-level ‘balance’ scales:

  • Scale 1: the ‘Attitudes’ scale, which looks at the balance between one’s self regard (the degree with which you accept and value yourself “warts and all”), and one’s regard for others (the degree with which you accept and value others as people (“warts and all”), distinct from liking or approving of what they may do)
  • Scale 2: the ‘Feelings’ scale, which looks at the balance between one’s self awareness (the degree with which you are in touch with your physiology, feelings and intuitions), and one’s awareness of others (the degree with which you are in touch with the feelings of others), and
  • Scale 3: the ‘Behaviour’ scale, which looks at the balance between one’s self management (how you manage your thoughts and feelings with your own behaviour in your relationship with yourself), and one’s relationship management (how you manage your thoughts and feelings with your own behaviour in your relationships with others)

Obviously, any interpretation of Mr Trump’s Ei can only be based on what we learn from the diversity of media outputs. So, taking these scales in order, here is my interpretation with regard to The Donald…

Scale 1: the balance between self regard and regard for others

High self regard

Relatively lower regard for others (in some cases significantly so)

Overall then, he puts himself first, ahead of others, thinks more highly of himself than he does of some others (at least).

This may manifest itself in potentially forceful/dominant behaviour, or a desire to be so, with some issues around delivering genuine equality.

However, this could also indicate someone who likes to be (or at least be seen to be) the ‘leader’.

Scale 2: the balance between self awareness and awareness for others

I suspect that he would score highly on both self awareness and awareness of others, but this is less easy to identify as it seems masked by a desire to appear ‘strong’ and ‘forceful’, or even, dare I say, ‘presidential’?

Scale 3: the balance between self management and relationship management

Certainly, Mr Trump shows signs of high emotional resilience, how much he believes he is in charge of and takes responsibility for his life, how well he connects with people (how could he build such a vast business empire if he didn’t?), and how focused he is on achieving his goals.

I am far from convinced, however, that he demonstrates particularly high levels of flexibility towards changing situations (rather, he becomes more forceful in order to take him closer to his aims), or that he is particularly authentic at times

In terms of how he manages his relationships with others, from an Ei perspective, it seems he may deal with conflicts in a rather ‘robust’ manner (see scale 1 above), that he’s used to being interdependent when working with others…to a point, that the way he expresses and controls his emotions is rather good (and rather appropriate given the pugilistic nature of this year’s election campaign).

But does he have a balanced outlook, based on a balance between realistic optimism and pessimism? Perhaps, but it seems he is used to (or has at least learned the behaviour for) getting his own way, and therefore he may have high levels of optimism – perhaps a believer in ‘you make your own luck’?

It also seems that he trusts others…again, to a point, taking on the responsibility for the final and most valuable decisions himself.

 

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