Over the past few decades, multiple assessment tools have emerged to “measure” one’s emotional intelligence. My company offers one of these, but you can also check out the links at the Harvard Extension School for Assessing Your Emotional Intelligence.
However, just completing one of these questionnaires isn’t necessarily going to inform you on HOW to improve your EQ. What you often get with these is a snapshot of where you’re at in terms of EQ. Think of it as, “Here’s where you’re strong, here’s where you’re not so strong.”
To learn EQ – that is, how to apply it to your daily life – more is needed.
Letting you in on a secret
Personally, I am a huge fan of using assessment tools to help people understand themselves and others, thus improving their EQ. But the tools I use are not normally thought of as EQ assessments. I use and teach assessments that equip individuals and teams with a practical understanding of the mechanics of interpersonal relations. And in all the training I do, I stress the mantra, “Value the Differences.”
The people and teams I work with find great value in these assessments. Granted, many assessments are available that measure different things, but I’m going to let you in on a little secret and list the ones I use in my EQ training:
- For learning about behavioral styles, I use DISC assessments.
- For learning about cognitive styles, I use either the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) or the Cognitive Style Indicator (CSI).
- For learning about innate intellect and natural motivators, I use the Natural Motivators assessment.
- For learning about learned motivators, I use the Driving Forces assessment.
Again, other good assessments exist and I don’t want to discount their value. It’s just that over the years, I’ve noticed that clients find the tools listed above as easy to use. And, most importantly, they learn from them. What’s more, using these tools provides a broad spectrum of learning in the realms of cognitive, behavioral, and attitudinal styles.
Personally, I think it’s best to start with DISC assessments, but really you can start anywhere. The key to success in building your teams are EQ is simply start.
Want a freebie?
To learn more about these assessments and what they measure, I invite you to grab a copy of my new book, 10 Steps for Improving Your Emotional Intelligence. For a limited time, it’s available on this page as a free download.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me, but like I said, the most important thing is to simply start.