Are You Emotionally Intelligent? What's Your EQ?


We all have heard of your IQ? But what is your EQ? What does it mean to be emotionally intelligent?


According to Psychology Today, an emotionally intelligent individual is both highly conscious of their own emotional states, even negativity—frustration, sadness, or something more subtle—and able to identify and manage them. They are also tuned into the emotions that others experience. It’s understandable that a sensitivity to emotional signals both from within oneself and from one's social environment could make one a better friend, parent, leader, or romantic partner.


The Global Leadership Foundation has an emotional intelligence test based on the following categories. The highest score one can receive is a 10 in each category. I took the test and received an 8 in self-awareness, 8 in self-management, 9 in social-awareness and a 7 in relationship management.


Self-awareness is comprised of three competencies; emotional self-awareness, where you are able to read and understand your emotions as well as recognize their impact on work performance and relationships; accurate self-assessment, where you are able to give a realistic evaluation of your strengths and limitations; and self-confidence, where you have a positive and strong sense of one’s self-worth. The starting point and key in these areas is the ability to be critically self-reflective.


Self-management is comprised of five competencies; Self-control, which is keeping disruptive emotions and impulses under control; transparency, which is maintaining standards of honesty and integrity, managing yourself and responsibilities; and adaptability, which is the flexibility in adapting to changing situations and overcoming obstacles; achievement orientation, which is the guiding drive to meet an internal standard of excellence; and initiative, which is the readiness to seize opportunities and act.


Social awareness is comprised of three competencies; empathy, which is understanding others and taking an active interest in their concerns; organizational awareness, which is the ability to read the currents of organizational life, build decision networks and navigate politics; and service orientation, which is recognizing and meeting customers needs.The adaptable, success-oriented type.

Relationship Management is comprised of seven competencies; visionary leadership, which is inspiring and guiding groups and individuals; developing others, which is the propensity to strengthen and support the abilities of others through feedback and guidance; influence, which is the ability to exercise a wide range of persuasive strategies with integrity, and also includes listening and sending clear, convincing and well-tuned messages; change catalyst, which is the proficiency in initiating new ideas and leading people in a new direction; conflict management, which is resolving disagreements and collaboratively developing resolutions; building bonds, which is building and maintaining relationships with others; and teamwork and collaboration, which is the promotion of cooperation and building of teams.


Find out your EQ by clicking here to take the test.

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