9 questions to measure your EQ
IÃ¢ÂÂve spent a lot of time in this blog discussing the importance of emotional intelligence, or EQ, and how critical it is for developing competencies such as self-awareness, empathy and relationship building.
Marcel Schwantes, principal and founder of Leadership From the Core, lists nine questions in a recent article to help leaders evaluate their level of emotional intelligence. I found the list extremely helpful and wanted to share a few of my favorite questions with you. They include:
- Are you usually aware of your feelings and why you feel that way?
- Are you aware of your limitations, as well as your personal strengths, as a leader?
- Can you adapt smoothly to changing realities?
- Can you usually sense the feelings of the people you interact with and understand their way of seeing things?
- Do you have a knack for persuasion and using your influence effectively?
While IQ remains the best predictor of job success, Schwantes notes, Ã¢ÂÂonce you land a job in your field of expertise, and start thinking about increasing your role, leading others, andÂ navigating political landscapes, IQ will be begging for EQ to show up.Ã¢ÂÂ
We must work on developing our EQ in order to lead our organizations and employees well. While there might always be someone with a higher IQ, EQ is what leads to strong morale and satisfied employees. Follow me on Twitter (@BDanBerger).