I was recently watching the Hollywood movie, Sister Act, (1992) starring Whoopi Goldberg. The movie is about how Deloris (played by Whoopi) impersonates a nun and unwillingly accepts the responsibility of managing the church choir – while she is in hiding under police protection. I would like to talk to you about a particular scene where I was reminded about Emotional Intelligence.
In the movie, Deloris is a lively pop singer. While she is there, she revamps the lifeless and archaic choir group and transforms them into passion-filled, lively singers who effortlessly captivate the audience. Deloris was fully aware that this would not garner the approval of Mother Superior but she did it anyway as she believed, with certainty, that this would be beneficial both for the audience as well as the singers. At the first performance, the Archbishop was overwhelmed by the passion of the singers and the involvement of the audience. Much to everyone’s surprise, the Archbishop praises Deloris for her efforts to bring change and depth into choir worship. Deloris, though taken aback, humbly tells the Archbishop that this whole effort for change was instigated by Mother Superior.
This may sound trivial, but this is a transformational and touching moment in the film. Deloris demonstrated that if we have passion for whatever we do then we will be able handle people and situations effectively. She wisely handled others’ emotions in a way that everyone basked in the glory of success in the end, thereby bringing happiness into the picture.
This is, essentially, what the core foundation of Emotional Intelligence lies upon – the ability to live in the moment. It is the sustained ability to always get into the act, and do what is required to augment group success and individual happiness.