Understanding the General Emotional Intelligence Competencies

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Here are the major emotional intelligence competencies that make up a fully integrated personality as well as a sample of a state of the art assessment that measures EQ.

  1. Emotional Self-awareness – The degree to which you are able to notice your feelings, label them and attribute them properly.
  2. Emotional Expression – The ability to express your feelings and gut-level instincts. Emotional expression is an integral part of your day.
  3. Emotional Awareness of Others – The ability to hear, sense or intuit what other people may be feeling from their words, body language (non verbal) or other direct or indirect clues.
  4. Creativity – Tapping into the multiple non-cognitive resources that help us envision new ideas, frame alternative solutions, and find effective ways of doing things.
  5. Resilience/Flexibility/Adaptability. The ability to bounce back, be flexible, and retain curiosity and hope in the face of adversity, change or challenge.
  6. Interpersonal Connections – Creating and sustaining a network of people with whom you can be your real and whole self.
  7. Constructive Discontent – The ability to stay calm focused and emotionally grounded in disagreement or conflict.
  8. Outlook/Optimism – Being positive and optimistic.
  9. Compassion/Empathy – The ability to be empathic, appreciate and honor others’ feelings.
  10. Intuition – The ability to notice, trust and use your hunches, gut-level reactions, and other non-cognitive responses produced by the senses, emotions, mind and body.
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