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How do you grow your emotional intelligence skills?

Written by Alistair Gordon And Dominic Johnson 10 Aug 2021

Experts with suboptimal emotional intelligence lack the personal discipline to be individually effective. They also lack interpersonal skills to engage with and influence others.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Would there be value in undertaking an emotional intelligence assessment (such as the free test in the book Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Bradbury and Greaves)?

  • Should I invest in a more extensive assessment? One in which the views of my colleagues are included, such as the Genos International EQ test. (We highly recommend this.)

  • What ad-hoc feedback might I be able to gather about how I interact with other colleagues around my emotional intelligence?

  • Are there some gaps that are obvious to me from reading this chapter?

  • Does my organisation have some existing tools I could leverage to inform the extent of my current emotional intelligence?

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