Review: Intelligence Model for Holistic Progress
I know you have read books before now—good books, maybe. I have too. However, never in all my readings have I read a book that well addresses this subject, especially by one of our own authors.
‘Intelligence Model for Holistic Progress’ reminds me of a two-in-one handbook our teachers used back in the days—a guide for the teacher and a book-of-all-answers for the students. In this book, as in his two previously published books, the author addresses both the young people and anyone/everyone who falls into the category of their counsellors, mentors, teachers, parents or guardians.
Set in a transcribed-speech format, like the writing style of Apostle Paul, most of the chapters are introduced with true life stories that prepare the reader for a relatable experience while reading.
True to its title, the book is indeed holistic in its approach as it addresses every important aspect of the human life and existence, rightly juxtaposing them with the central theme of the book, that is, Emotional Intelligence.
The first chapter, for example, titled ‘Brilliance is not enough,’ underscores the insufficiency of natural intelligence without emotional intelligence in handling certain stages in life. In it, the author rightly acknowledges the place of high Intelligence Quotient (IQ) in a person’s pursuit of excellence; however, he does good justice to the subject by highlighting the limitations of IQ, and stressing how Emotional Intelligence coupled with the IQ of the reader can stimulate and sustain success.
The second chapter aptly addresses the challenge most students find, or have found, themselves: having to go to school to study a course that is diametrically opposite to their perceived natural intelligence. How can those who are about to make a choice do so wisely without falling into the same ditch that others have fallen into? Is there a way out for those who are already caught in a web of studying a course they feel they are not gifted in? How can Emotional Intelligence direct your ingenuity? The author provides answers to these questions and more.
The third chapter deals with the intricacies that surround the choice of friends and how Emotional Intelligence influences your choice and helps you build healthy interpersonal relationships.
The subject of parenthood is dealt with in the fourth chapter. The author reveals how the wrong approach of some parents in dealing with peculiar adolescence-related issues. Without overthrowing parental authority in the home, the author recommends the coach-approach to parental leadership, and reconciles it with the role of Emotional Intelligence in the process.
‘Am I in Love?’ is the title of the fifth chapter. Three major sub-topics are explained and severalised: love, crush, and lust. After that, the author goes on to logically present the definition of love, signs that may suggest that a person is in love, and how Emotional Intelligence dispels illusions in love-related matters.
Chapter Six is dedicated to money matters. The chapter focuses on the synergism of Financial Intelligence and Emotional Intelligence and the incontestable result of financial prudence.
What if one underrates Emotional Literacy? How do the costs of emotional illiteracy such as depression, substance abuse, anger, aggression, teenage pregnancy, and risky sexual behaviours affect a person’s progress in life? How can those already involved these maladies be helped? What is the importance of teaching Emotional Intelligence in schools? How does Emotional Intelligence cure ignorance? You’ll find it all in this chapter.
In the final chapter, Chapter Eight, the spiritual aspect of life is covered. The ‘un-substitutable’ and irreplaceable God-factor is emphasized and prescribed as a remedy for every malady. The author insinuates that man’s needs cannot be sufficiently met outside God. This chapter and book concludes with how Emotional Intelligence opens a person’s mind when s/he becomes conscious of the spiritual state, and relieves one’s paranoid assumptions and anxieties significantly.
This book is loaded. Books on Emotional Intelligence are not common in this part of the world; yet, in this midst of the scarcity, Olusola Olumide has from his wealth of experience in Christian counselling, ministry, and mentorship penned down this potential blockbuster that is adapted to our immediate environment and written with plainness of speech which makes it an easy-to-read for everyone.
I recommend this book, ‘Intelligence Model for Holistic Progress,’ for everyone, particularly young people on the edge of choosing a career, (prospective) parents and guardians, mentors, disciplers, youth counsellors, psychologists, psychotherapists and, again, everyone.