EI(Emotional Intelligence) is a means designed to aid in the assessmentof individual emotional and social competences among members in anorganization. It is a developmental tool measuring 18 individualcompetencies classified into four major clusters. Emotionalintelligence as a concept has been around the human history forgenerations and people have embalmed it in several guises. As severalscientists have linked the concept to effective leadership, itremains a highly significant topic in the human study. In fact, thediscussion has centered on the cogency and strength of the concept incomparison to the more acknowledged scientific based IQ in additionto the bearing of EI to leadership. In this regards, emotionalintelligence review is an important ingredient in understanding thestrengths and weaknesses of a person thus, it will go a long way inproviding a contextual framework for my life. As such, using thereview is an imperative gesture in the realization of dreams. Thispaper seeks to determine and discuss average/high achieving findingswith regard to personal and social competencies as well as discussinghow I can apply this information in my personal and professionallife.
Theapprehension that capacities and abilities beyond the technical andcognitive elements of a person are significant for success has ledpeople to cultivate measures that try to evaluate their capacities.As such, Goleman,Boyatzis & McKee (2001) contend that emotional intelligencedefines the intrapersonal intelligence of a person such asappreciation of thoughts and feelings thus, it is an importantconcept in human’s relations and skills. In this regards, having ahigh emotional intelligence score in both the social and personalcompetencies is highly significant. The whole EI review willencompass non-cognitive skills and abilities that have shaped myselfthus, the current score and ways of improving the score will providethe contextual framework needed. Myoverall Emotional Intelligence Appraisal score is 71. The personalcompetency scores reflect self-awareness and self-managementattributes. My personal competency score is 71 relative toself-awareness and self-management scores of 66 and 75 respectively.My overall social competence score, which reflects social awarenessand relationship management, attributes is also 71. EI scores forsocial awareness and relationship management are 67 and 75respectively. This is a dismal score as I had performed better in myprevious EI test which revealed an emotional intelligence overallscore of 74.
EmotionalIntelligence Appraisal score analysis
Goleman,Boyatzis & McKee (2001) suggest that although technical skills orIQ may offer discourse on the capacities of a person, they may notprovide the best competency and prediction like EI. As such, they actas the predominant components of leadership. In this regards,Goleman, Boyatzis & McKee (2001) proposes for an assessment ofcapacities and abilities using EI, as it is a discriminatingaptitude. In addition, Goleman, Boyatzis & McKee (2001)classifies 4 EI spheres and 18 related capabilities, where there aretwo spheres each in the predominant categories of social and personalcompetencies i.e. social awareness and relationship management insocial and self-management and self-awareness in personal. Further,under each of the four spheres or domains, Goleman, Boyatzis &McKee (2001) list competencies that vary from 3 to 7 bulleted items.In this regards, the discourse on my EI will encompass the 4 domainsand their 18 concomitant competencies as suggested by Goleman,Boyatzis & McKee (2001).
EmotionalIntelligence Appraisal scores are founded on comparisons with theglobal population to enable an individual know which his or her skillareas are either the weakest or strongest. A score above 90 indicatesthat an individual should seek to capitalize on strength areas. Theseare scores, which are way above average compared to the globalpopulation scores. They indicate that such competencies occurnaturally in an individual or because of an individual’s dedicationin developing them. It is prudent for an individual with such a scoreto grasp on to every opportunity that arises to employ suchemotionally intelligent attributes for maximum success realization(Noe, 2012).
Fora score ranging between 70 and 79 implies that with more polishing onemotional intelligence skills, one can obtain score that can revealEI behaviors as strong. This score reveals that the degree with whichone exhibits emotional intelligence is good and as such, anindividual is doing his or her best to employ them effectively(Davis, 2011).However, it also translates to indicate that some EQ behaviors arepoorly utilized and there is need for a great deal of improvement inthis respect. An individual should therefore seek to understand hisor her own weaknesses to realize where differences exist and thusmake necessary improvements(Macik-Frey, 2007).
Ascore ranging between 60 and 69 demonstrates that one exhibitsappropriate emotionally intelligent behavior but not consistently. Itimplies that in most cases ones behavior tends to let people down.The skill area that seems to challenge an individual either becauseone is naturally weak at it or simply that one does not apply it atall. However, one can improve on the weaker attributes to a higherdegree of credibility (Macik-Frey,2007).
PersonalEmotional Intelligence Appraisal score analysis
Thepersonal competence score of 71 determines that my collective powerin both self-awareness and self-management skills is above averagebut call for improvements. This implies that my personal lifesituations are faced with an above average emotional intelligencelevelas suggested by Noe (2012).I am an above average achiever with regard to personal competence andthe need to polish relevant skills to exhibit high degree ofemotional intelligence and behavior. Personal competencies encompassself-awareness, drive to attain, self-confidence, and relationshipskills. In this regards, it entail the ability to cultivate asubstantive connections in professional settings, capacity to acceptand incorporate feedback and assess how other people perceive methus, my current score needs improvement for me to understand mestrengths and weaknesses.
Withregard to self-awareness, a score of 66 indicates that there arebehavioral tendencies, which exhibit low emotional intelligencelevels. This implies that my ability to precisely perceive personalemotions and constantly be aware of them needs more practice andpolishing to appraise the score. This implies that I have to keep mypersonal perspective flawless such that I am well aware of how Irespond with other individuals during interaction as well as specificsituations in my private and professional life. I am an above averageachiever with regard to self-awareness. The current score does notprovide the desired framework for directing, motivating, developing,empowering, understanding, coordinating, and having an enthusiasticheart thus, I need to work on my personal competencies especiallythose that concerns emotions. Composure and adapting to thesurrounding is the first step in understanding and altering myself-awareness score to reach the desired heights where I cancoordinate, organize, and empower people.
Seekingfeedback, understanding how my sentiments affect my relations withother people and understanding what triggers my behaviors andperformances may have a supportive effect in the desire to change theobjectionable scores. By observing, training, and preparing fornumerous circumstances, I have understood that sometimes otherpeople’s feedback or comments matter a lot than our own thus, itis always proactive to understand one’s surrounding before engagingon a dream.
Asappertains to self-management, a score of 75 implies that I need toimprove further on this skill to have the ability to employ awarenessof my emotions in a flexible and positive manner. More so in aneffort to keep in touch with how these affect my behavior. This meansthat my emotional intelligence in managing my behavior in varioussituations and people is above average. I am thus an above averageachiever with respect to self-management. Managing performances andbehaviors will allow me to have a leaner and a smooth perception ofwhat I wish to seek in life without discrediting my strengths.Managing my behaviors and performances does not mean constrainingthem, but it means controlling them to achieve desired objectivesthat may have supportive elements in succeeding in life.
Ascore of 71 is lower than my previous score. This implies that myskills in social interactions have dropped and this in viewunfortunate. It implies my interactions with other people in thesociety and more so in the workplace could be negatively affected bythe lack of necessary skills. I aiming for a higher emotionalintelligence score in social competences, as this will ensure myself-awareness and relationship management behaviors and emotions aregood enough to pursue my desired professional aspirations.
Forthe self-awareness emotional intelligence test, I have a score of 67which shows that am just an above average achiever and as suchself-awareness is one of my weak points with regard to emotionalintelligence and behavior. This score exhibits the fact that I needto improve a lot to have a high aptitude towards discerning emotionsdemonstrated by other people may have and come to terms with whatother people are experiencing in a given social setting. This scorethat I have a low ability in comprehending how other individuals feeland think. Relations with people determine how successful a personwill be in coordination, organization, and undertakings that involveother people. In today’s society, self-awareness in the context ofsocial competency is a mandatory component in the attainment ofobjectives. The current score does not auger well especially withskills that need me to understand the link and detachment between thesurrounding and myself. Consciousness rather than substance is thepredominant identity in offering the appropriate presence of mind foractions and myself that pursue a common objective with those of thesociety.
Ascore of 75 indicates that I have the ability to employ myrelationship management with relation to my own personal emotions aswell as the emotions of other individuals to cope with interactionseffectively and successfully. This is my strongest skill relative tothe other scores I have attained so far. This means that I have theability to employ emotional awareness in guiding communications to agood degree of clarity as well as effectively resolving conflict.
Applicationin my personal and professional life
Lifeis unpredictable and as such, there are myriads of challenges, whichindividuals face, in their day-to-day life with respect to either theprofessional life or private life. For one to be able to juggleresponsibilities effectively, emotional intelligence is criticaltowards realizing peace of mind. A personal competence score of 71shows that I am able to have a personal life, which is comfortabledevoid of many conflicts.
Havingsuch a positive outlook of my personal life and a social awarenessscore of 71, I need to improve a lot on both personal and socialattributed to lead an active social and professional life. Anindividual in a demanding professional career has to exhibit a highscore of emotional intelligence appraisal. This is because such aposition will probably entail complex interpersonal interactions(Macik-Frey, 2007).Such an individual will also need to have a stable private life. Withabove average scores in both personal and social competencies, Icannot opt for demanding career choices such as Law or Medicine.These two careers call for individual with impeccable scores onemotional intelligence. More so, because such a career choice will inmost instances cause conflicts with regard to one’s private life.Professionally these two careers relate to offering services ofpeople with a high degree of emotional distress.
Socially,my above average scores imply that in some social situations, I maytend to affect other individuals negatively while interacting withthem. Relationship management is critical to healthy relationshipoutcomes as is social awareness. I thus should seek to have improvedsocial skills when interacting with senior citizens, my peers andchildren as my emotional intelligence behaviors may tend to haveunintended consequences.
Pursuingthe proposal set above, the exercise and progression of EI can helpme in the realization of my whole leadership potential. Furthermore,since EI requires extending observation and elucidation of myenvironment and myself i.e. organizations and people around me, thenI can adjust my behaviors to lodge and acclimatize to what I perceiveand familiarize. In this regards, my future observations andinterpretations will spur me to applicable actions, which willinclude the following
Treating every happenstance with my surrounding as an experimentation. Here, I will relinquish the conception that I can regulate every constraint excluding two, one of which I influence and the other I monitor. Life is more like that.
Observing the communications between people and myself or between different people, and most importantly body language.
Interpreting what I perceive in terms of principles, morals, sentiments, style, and urgencies, among others of people and myself.
Modifying my behaviors during interactions with people to have a maxim effective interaction.
Goleman,Boyatzis & McKee (2001) suggest that people’s surroundings arein a continuous state of flux thus, one needs to adapt to theenvironment if he or she wishes to become successful. In thisregards, I need to modify myself in alignment to the surrounding byobserving, learning, and keeping up with the surrounding. As such, Ibelieve that preparation and training can move me up the scale of EQ,but my distinctive base level will define how far I can essentiallyprogress.
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