Why take EQ tests to measure emotional intelligence?
EQ theory and practice has developed through a need to address the relationship gap between intelligence and its ability to empower success and fulfilment in both work and life. Pre-existing intelligence ideas and measures failed to create, predict or measure success, and businesses were struggling to find high performing individuals.
What is the EQ-i 2.0 ® (previously BarOn EQ-i) test?
The EQ-i 2.0 ® (Emotional Quotient Inventory) test is one of the most advanced emotional intelligence tests available. This method of eq testing is used by thousands of public and private enterprises around the globe in order to reveal, monitor, assess, compare, predict and develop emotionally intelligent people in the workplace. The EQ-i not only increases performance and fulfilment, it builds the skills necessary to develop high performing organisations, managers and teams.
Is taking the EQ-i® 2.0 quick and easy?
How do I take the EQ-i 2.0 ®?
- We provide you with a web link (below) to a secure and confidential webpage
- You fill in a few personal details and enter the passcode we send you
- You carefully answer the EQ questionnaire (133 quick questions). It takes around 10-15 minutes
- You attend EQ coaching feedback sessions where your EQ coach delivers your EQ scores, analysis and programme
- (Depending on your programme) You attend group workshops where elements of EQ will be discussed, practiced and honed
- You re-take (for comparison) the EQ-i 2.0 ® (6 months - 1 year later) to track or prove your progress and for continued development
Is the EQ-i ® actually a test?
The EQ-i® measures EQ components. The power of your EQ is more about the balance of these and how you use them. It's not a test in the conventional sense. There are no right or wrong answers and the concept of getting top marks is not relevant here as it’s the combination of components that’s most important.
To help you understand your own competencies as compared to averages, we compare your results with millions of others across gender, age group and country. Everyone will find they have strengths and areas that they can improve upon.
How is EQ used for personal and team development?
Our EQ development programmes incorporate a range of success-based tools and techniques, including professional performance coaching and neuro linguistic programming. This provides a powerful and exciting framework for learning in enjoyable, challenging and highly rewarding way.
What are the benefits of taking an EQ-i 2.0 ®?
Your EQ-i 2.0 ® will provide you with profound insights into your strengths and weaknesses as well as a goal focused, exiting, new framework that will allow you to hone your skills in areas and scenarios that are most important to you. Through becoming more self-aware and working to your strengths, you’ll become more true to yourself, feel happier and more fulfilled. You’ll be able to make the most of your personal and working relationships and therefore be in a better position to meet the demands of work and life. This often creates a whole new way of interacting with colleagues. If you gain, others around you and your organisation gain.
- The theory and practice of emotional intelligence competencies
- Exactly how and where you can maximize your success and fulfilment
- What your EQ says about you
- How to use your strengths and leverage your ‘Winning Formula’
- Specific areas you can develop and what it would mean to you
- What resources can be used to support your development
- Where and how you hold yourself back and what you can do about it
- How to work with others for more fulfilling relationships
Will any information be shared and is the coaching confidential?
All information and coaching are confidential and will only be shared with your permission. The power of the EQ-i 2.0 ® and the value of your coaching relationship is based on trust so your personal EQ analysis is confidential, and your coaching works for the benefit of the coached not the organisation. Organisations, by implication, benefit when their people perform better.
A brief history of EQ
Charles Darwin first identified the importance of emotional expression for survival. In 1940, the leading American psychologist David Wechsler described the influence of non-intellective factors on intelligent behaviour, arguing that we need to take these in to account when talking of intelligence. Howard Gardner introduced the concept of Multiple Intelligences in 1983.
Dr Reuven Baron, the creator of the EQ-i 2.0 ® measuring tool, coined the acronym EQ (emotional quotient) around 30 years ago. At this time, several leading emotional intelligence specialists, particularly Professors John Mayer and Peter Salovey, were key to developing our current understanding of emotional intelligence. In 1995, Daniel Goleman published his comprehensive work 'Emotional Intelligence - Why it can matter more than IQ' which led to a greater recognition of EQ and its potential for performance development.
Increasingly from the 1980's, organisations have been finding that in their quest to find, develop and retain staff that perform well, traditional measures of competency such as IQ, degrees, and technical tests just weren't working (see US Air Force case study for example). Much of the drive to develop EQ competencies which are 'linked' to success comes from the unmet needs of organisations trying to thrive in an increasingly competitive, changing and dynamic world.
Trait and ability models
The most widely, scientifically accepted models of emotional intelligence (EI) are known as trait and ability. Trait EI is usually measured using self-report questionnaires and has a greater relationship with personality whereas ability EI is usually measured using maximum performance tests and it has a stronger relationship with traditional intelligence.
A new science
We use the world's most credible and respected measure of trait emotional (social) intelligence, the EQ-i 2.0) as it's proven to be highly effective at measuring emotional and social functioning.
At EQworks, our clients further benefit from our integrated approach across sessions and workshops that combine EQ development with other leading development methods. Read more about our methodology here.