Emotional Intelligence and the EQ Assessment:
What You Need to Know
Now more than ever, emotional intelligence is the key to creating an effective workplace. If you’ve ever had questions about what exactly emotional intelligence is, the TTI Success Insights’ Emotional Quotient Assessment, or how you can apply emotional intelligence to your life right now, we have answers
What is Emotional Intelligence?
Emotional intelligence is the ability to sense, understand and effectively apply the power of acumen of emotions to facilitate higher levels of collaboration and productivity.
While the concept has been a key component of human behavior for all of time, the phrase ‘emotional intelligence’ was popularized by Daniel Goleman in the mid 90s.
EQ stands for Emotional Quotient. EQ is a measure of our emotional intelligence that indicates how well we are able to manage our emotions and impact our relationships with others.
What is Emotional Intelligence?
EQ measures self awareness, self regulation, motivation, social awareness and social regulation.
The ability to recognize and understand your moods, emotions and drives, as well as their effect on others.
The ability to control or redirect disruptive impulses and moods and the propensity to suspend judgement and think before acting.
The ability to understand the emotional makeup of other people and how your words and actions affect others.
The ability to influence the emotional clarity of others through a proficiency in managing relationships and building networks.
Is a passion to work for reasons that go beyond the external drive for knowledge, utility, surroundings, others, power or methodology and is based on internal drive or propensity to pursue goals with energy and persistence.
Why is EQ Important Right Now?
Emotional intelligence might be the most important skill any professional can develop in our current workplace.
Fast Company reported on a study that showed “85% of [participating companies'] financial success was due to skills in “human engineering”, personality, and ability to communicate, negotiate, and lead. They found that only 15% was due to technical ability. In other words, people skills or skills highly related to emotional intelligence were crucial skills.”
Moving forward, that ‘human engineering’ will be crucial for your workplace to develop and thrive. People skills and oft-labeled ‘soft skills’ are leading the way, and increasing your awareness to improve emotional intelligence will help you remain competitive, financially and socially.
The new world of work is going to put people first, and you need to learn how to do the same to compete.
How Does Emotional Intelligence Help You?
If you’re a job candidate, you might be surprised to know that 51% of employers said they had difficulty finding employees with developed soft skills. By improving your awareness of both yourself and others, you’ll nail the interview process, present yourself well, and thrive in the highly competitive job market.
If you’re working on a team, building your awareness through emotional intelligence will transform your interactions with your bosses and peers. You’ll be more aware of your emotions and in control of your reactions to conflict. “As we get more and more entrenched in people driven interactions, EQ is a critical piece to focus on,” said Rick Bowers, TTI SI President. “You will frustrate and isolate people if you don’t have it.”
If you’re a leader, developed EQ is central not only to your development, but to the development of your team.
Leaders need to know how to speak confidently, understand and empathize with the needs of others, and read a room quickly to communicate impactfully.
Who Can Use the EQ Assessment?
TTI Success Insights offers several different types of reports for Emotional Quotient
Personal reports are the first steps to reveal an individual’s Emotional Intelligence. Personal reports are available for Management/Staff, Sales or Executive level.
EQ is commonly paired with other assessments. The Talent Insights Behavioral Science report is a double-science report that examines the behaviors individuals bring to the job using DISC and an understanding of their own emotional intelligence using EQ.
TriMetrix EQ examines the behaviors individuals bring to the job, the driving forces that motivate them, and an understanding of their emotional intelligence. This report consists of DISC, 12 Driving Forces and EQ.