Emotional Intelligence (EIQ)
Myers-Briggs Personality Test:
Before Reading this article, I would encourage you to take the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Test (MBTI), which will give you a unique combination of four letters that represent a personality type that you most closely resemble. There are a total of 16 possible combinations that you can get based on your test results. Note that this test is not the be-all-end-all, however the MBTI test could serve as a useful tool when searching for jobs that would be best for you based on your own personal preferences. There are no right or wrong answers.
What is Emotional Intelligence?:
We frequently hear the terms people person, "it" factor, or the edge when describing an exceptional employee. But what are these phrases referring to? Emotional intelligence. AKA, EIQ for short. It is arguably the most vital skill that anyone can master in just about every profession imaginable. www.dictionary.com defines it as, "skill in perceiving, understanding, and managing emotions and feelings." In other words, it is the ability to recognize how other people are thinking or feeling, and then using that information to act on one's self interests. Skillful employees are a dime a dozen, however finding an employee with both ability and a high EIQ is a mighty combination.
How to Use Emotional Intelligence:
The best and easiest way to learn about how someone thinks is to listen. It goes without saying that it's impossible to know everything about a person from having one brief conversation, but you can formulate a general idea of what the person would and would not be suited for from a hiring standpoint. It is a leader's responsibility to identify people's strengths and weaknesses, and put them in a place where they can reach their full potential.
For example, if someone is extremely introverted and thrives on slow methodical work, it would not be wise to put them at the forefront of a sales team. His or her personality would not be ideal for what the job entails. On the contrary, a quieter environment with limited interaction would be a much more suitable working condition for that individual. It's not fair to say that the person with those characteristics could not do the job, but it's more likely that the employee would not be as successful as they would be in another role.
Combination Breakdown: Each individual can only score one letter from each row for a total of four letters altogether. Naturally, each person will carry traits from both options, but the test will identify which side you lean more towards.
Classifying by Type:
Analysts: Big picture thinkers who trust their brain over their feelings. Often sees situations from a 30,000 foot view and makes decisions using logic.
Strengths: Level-headed and vision oriented. Can lead others to accomplish a common goal.
Weaknesses: Can come across as cut-throat or insensitive. Sometimes needs work expressing feelings.
Diplomats: Intuitive individuals who are driven by emotions and feelings. Known to be sympathetic and caring to those around them.
Strengths: People of this type have the gift of connecting with others easily. Their warm personalities are great for helping those in need. Diplomats are effective mediators due to their heightened abilities to empathize.
Weaknesses: Kindness can sometimes be mistaken for weakness. Diplomats struggle to make tough decisions when someone will be negatively impacted by the outcome.
Sentinels: Reliable individuals that thrive on cooperation and utilizing practical methods to solve problems.
Strengths: Sentinels are loyal and strongly value teamwork within an organization. Great team players that are not afraid to get their hands dirty.
Weaknesses: Due to their want of full cooperation and unity, Sentinels may resist change if it goes against the status quo. May be viewed as closed-minded compared to the other types.
Explorers: Adaptable, quick-thinking people. Explorers are free-spirited and spontaneous.
Strengths: Comfortable with ambiguity and uncertainty. Explorers will find a way to make it as they go.
Weaknesses: Lack of preparation can lead to problems that would have otherwise been avoided. Explorers may struggle with completing one task before moving to the next.
Compatibility by Type:
Dark Blue: Ideal match
Light Blue: Strong match
Green: Potential match
Pink: Conflict match
Red: Least ideal match
The MBTI Test is not an emotional intelligence test, nor does it quantify someone's knowledge. It is simply an incredible way of learning about how people think. Once you have an understanding of how it works and what the personality types are, it can be used as a heuristics tool to communicate with others more effectively. You can drastically increase your EIQ by studying the various personality types, as well as developing your personal strengths and weaknesses. Remember, no personality type is greater than any other. The challenge is finding the right occupation where you can reach your full potential with the natural gifts you are given.
Written by: Jim Toth
Website contains information about your personality type and how you can maximize your EIQ by exploiting strengths and weaknesses. Site provides a list of careers you would be best suited for based on the way you think and operate.