Emotional Intelligence Assessment: What skills have you mastered?

There is a lot of talk about Emotional Intelligence (EI) these days, and for good reason. How well you do in all areas of your life depends greatly on how you see the world and process it internally. Leaders who possess EI get along better with their teams, understand how to motivate employees, and are more in tune with their clients’ perspectives.

Take the short quiz below to learn which EI skills you have mastered and which ones may need a little support.

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1.I am aware of the physical reactions (twinges, aches, sudden changes) that signal a “gut reaction”. *
2.I readily admit my mistakes and apologize. *
3.I let go of problems, anger, or hurts from the past and I can move beyond these. *
4.I generally have an accurate idea of how another person perceives me during a particular interaction. *
5.I have several important things in my life that I am enthusiastic about, and I let it show. *
6.I can easily meet and initiate conversation with new people when I have to. *
7.I can take a break or use another active method of increasing energy when I sense that my energy level is getting low. *
8.I have little trouble in taking prudent risks. *
9.I “open up” with people appropriately – not too much, but enough so that I don’t come across as cold and distant. *
10.I can engage in an interaction with another and pretty well size-up that person’s mood based on non-verbal signals. *
11.Others usually feel inspired and encouraged after talking to me. *
12.I have no trouble making presentations in front of groups or conducting meetings. *
13.I take time everyday for quiet reflection. *
14.I take initiative and move ahead on tasks that need to be done. *
15.I refrain from making up my mind on issues and expressing my opinion until I have all the facts. *
16.I have a number of people I can turn to, and I ask for their help when I need it. *
17.I try to find the positive in any given situation. *
18.I can deal calmly, sensitively, and proactively with the emotional displays of others. *
19.I can usually identify the emotion I am feeling in any given moment. *
20.I am generally comfortable in new situations. *
21.I neither bury my anger nor let it explode on others. *
22.I can show empathy and match my feelings with those of another person in an interaction. *
23.I can keep going on a big project, despite obstacles. *
24.I am respected and liked by others, even when they don’t agree with me. *
25.I am clear about my goals and values. *
26.I express my views honestly and thoughtfully, without being pushy. *
27.I am good at managing my moods, and I seldom bring negative emotions to work. *
28.I focus my full attention on another person when I listen to them. *
29.I believe the work I do day-to-day has meaning and value to society. *
30.I can effectively persuade others to adopt my point of view without coercing them. *

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