Personal Growth and Emotional Intelligence

Each year more organizations, formal and informal leaders, and high achievers want to measure and understand their Emotional Intelligence (EQ or EI) in an effort to improve their leadership skillset. This movement is in response to recognizing the need to build collaborative relationships in a complex, global environment and that the ability to lead people is often more important than IQ. "What is EI?" and "How can understanding your EI Profile help you?"

What is Emotional Intelligence (EI, EQ)?
EI focuses on how you manage your relationships and emotions under stress and/or challenged by others. For example, in a stressful work situation:

- Do you really listen to the other party and accurately understand their point of view before responding to them or the situation at hand?
- Are you in touch with your feelings and understand how they hold you back from engaging the other person and or group members?
- Are you more positive than negative?
- Do you focus on your needs and wants at the expense of the other party?

These are just a few questions that can be answered by taking a custom EQ Profile. Once you become aware of the roots of your emotional behavior, you are better prepared to choose whether or not you want to change your behavior.

How can understanding your EQ Profile help you?
By giving you personal feedback on “how you think, what you want, and how you feel” in stressful circumstances and relationships, your EQ Profile can help you move toward responding instead of reacting to people in stressful situations. Why is this important? We live under the pressure to get things done fast (e.g/, the concept of fail fast, etc.), which often pushes us into reacting to a situation before fully understanding the circumstances and its impact on other stakeholders. Reactionary behavior can often create more damage than necessary and prevent you from accomplishing your goals. And while accomplishing a task is important, the ability to make appropriate and timely decisions is of far greater value because it also allows you to lead people in the direction you want them to go.

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