On March 12, 2009, a former chief of the New York Stock Exchange pled guilty to one of the largest financial frauds in history. Bernie Madoff, founder of his own financial firm and active philanthropist, had been swindling thousands of private investors—many of whom were close friends—out of billions of dollars. Madoff had achieved a degree of personal financial success few individuals ever attain, though he will be spending the rest of his life in prison. Would you consider Madoff an intelligent person? What role might emotional intelligence have played in his decision making?
For this Discussion, you define intelligence and detail its components. You also take a position on whether or not emotional intelligence is an accurate measure of intelligence.
With these thoughts in mind:
Post by Day 4 a brief definition of intelligence, including the main components of intelligence. Then provide your position on whether or not emotional intelligence is an accurate measure of intelligence. Justify your response.
Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources.
Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.
Respond by Day 6 to at least one of your colleagues’ postings in one or more of the following ways:
- Ask a probing question.
- Share an insight from having read your colleague’s posting.
- Offer and support an opinion.
- Validate an idea with your own experience.
- Make a suggestion.
- Expand on your colleague’s posting.
Return to this Discussion in a few days to read the responses to your initial posting. Note what you have learned and/or any insights you have gained as a result of the comments your colleagues made.