Emotional intelligence

Emotional intelligence focuses on knowing and managing your own emotions, as well as recognising and understanding others’ emotions and managing relationships. It is an additional aspect of general intelligence and is seen to be equally as important as traditional measures of intelligence (IQ) for effective performance in many areas of everyday life

Emotional intelligence can be developed, and is therefore an effective way of highlighting areas of focus for individuals to become more successful. There are many measures of emotional intelligence but one of the most credible is the Bar-On Emotional Intelligence Scale.

There is a emotional intelligence assessment template for you to self-rate on the 15 scale areas of emotional intelligence. Think carefully about how strong you are in each area on a scale of 1-10 – 1 being very poor and 10 being excellent. 1 is the inside of the wheel, 10 is the outside. This will give you a good picture of the areas you are best at, and the ones where you need to put some effort in to improve. You may find it helps to ask the opinion of others who know you well and who will give you an honest response.

If you wish, you can do a formal assessment of your emotional intelligence by using an accredited assessment. There is a small charge for this. For further information, contact Kay Tillyer at ktillyer@brookes.ac.uk.

There are some development strategies which will help you to think about how to improve in your key areas. You may also want to think of some of your own and set yourself some targets for improvement.