I have been specializing in the subject of emotional intelligence for about 15 years now so we thought it would be fun to share some of the most frequently asked questions we hear from people on the topic. Just as a quick point of reference, you can learn more about the subject of EQ on this short 3-minute video.
5. What is the best way to develop more EQ?
There are many ways to develop emotional intelligence, and the method that leads to the most permanent results is via coaching. Hiring an executive coach can help you identify your unique combination of strengths and weaknesses and ways to balance them to leverage the best of you to reach your professional and personal goals. There are also many self-paced resources available from books to webinars.
6. Can EQ be tested?
Yes. There are several validated instruments on the market. We provide the EQi 2.0 as a self-only online assessment tool best used for pre-employment testing, personal development or individual contributors. This comes with a personal debrief session and costs $200 each. We also offer the ESCI from the Hay Group. This is a multi-rater (360°) online assessment best used for leaders at all levels. This comes with a personal debrief session and costs $600 each.
7. Is your EQ level set at a certain age like IQ, or does it change as you mature?
Unlike IQ which is set at about 18 years old, EQ continues to develop as you mature, with a peak at about age 60.
8. Can developing EQ help me at work and at home too?
Yes, we at our firm focus on the ways to use emotional intelligence to be better professionals but there are also some significant personal benefits to increasing your EQ. Most report increased satisfaction with friendships, family and spouses. And people with high EQ are also happier.