|Competency & Performance - the connection: Emotional Intelligence
I saw the Hindi film Jodha Akbar starring Hrithik Roshan and Aiswarya Rai Bachan. Ironically it was a Bahraini friend who had asked me to see the film. It was well worth it. Set in the sixteenth century, the film is the story of the greatest Mughal emperor Jalaluddin Mohammad Akbar and the fiery young Rajput princess, Jodhaa. The epic romance begins as a marriage of alliance between two cultures and religions for political gains. Little does the great Emperor know that this political journey transforms into a journey of love, one of understanding the human spirit and the common man. In the current context where it is increasingly becoming difficult to find politicians who understand what public service is, the great emperor Akbar shows what greatness is all about - respecting diversity - different cultures, religions and ethnicity. His success despite his inability to read or write is clearly attributed to emotional intelligence. That was one single competency that led him into the history books as one of the greatest Mughal emperors of Hindustan. He was a devout Muslim but still was the favourite among the largely Hindu population.
This story of love with lilting music by legendary A.R. Rahman is beautifully filmed, needless to say I learned so much from this film about Emotional Intelligence.