As part of the core 4 and 5 Day workshops, participants complete a comprehensive self-assessment of their emotional intelligence. They also identify up to 20 people who know them well and are willing to complete the same assessment in order to provide valuable feedback. What results is a detailed report of one’s Emotional Intelligence strengths and development needs. This would be for the participant’s eyes only and will provide possible personal items to be explored in one’s small group.
Several questionnaires that help individuals measure their emotional intelligence are available. The questionnaire currently being used by the EQ-HR Center workshops is based on extensive research by Reuven Bar-On and distributed by Multi-Health Systems (MHS). The model, EQ-i 2.0 is comprised of fifteen factors across five categories of functioning. These fifteen factors form the building blocks of abilities that will be in the EQ inventory report each participant completes prior to the workshop.
The EQ Assessment measures several key composites.
1. Self-Perception Composite – Having a solid understanding of oneself, one’s emotions and one’s inner life allows one to better express thoughts and feelings.
- Self-Regard – respecting oneself; confidence
- Self-Actualization – pursuit of meaning; self-improvement
- Emotional Self-Awareness – understanding own emotions
2. Self-Expression Composite - Being able to openly and honestly express one’s true thoughts and feelings enables one to have healthy relationships and interactions built on trust.
- Emotional Expression – constructive expression of emotions
- Assertiveness – communicating feelings and beliefs; non-offensive
- Independence – self-directed; free from emotional dependency
3. Interpersonal Composite – A healthy network of relationships gives one greater resources from which to gather information and process it accordingly and seek feedback in order to arrive at optimal solutions.
- Interpersonal Relationships – mutually satisfying relationships
- Empathy – understanding, appreciating how others feel
- Social Responsibility- social consciousness; helpful
4. Decision Making – Feeling competent, calm and grounded in one’s ability to use emotional information to make decisions renders one better equipped to deal with everyday stressors, without being derailed by emotions.
- Problem Solving – find solutions when emotions are involved
- Reality Testing – objective; see things as they really are
- Impulse Control – resist or delay impulse to act
5. Stress Management – Feeling resilient in the face of adversity and armed with an arsenal of coping strategies heightens feelings of self-security, confidence and a deeper understanding of oneself and one’s strength.
- Flexibility – adapting emotions, thoughts and behaviors
- Stress Tolerance – coping with stressful situations
- Optimism – positive attitude and outlook on life