I hadn’t given my emotional intelligence much thought until I took the test.
Taking the test was part of my small group leadership homework. I began the Emotional Intelligence 2.0 quiz (affiliate link) with confidence, assured that I would uncover strengths that needed little building. As I read through the questions, my self-confidence began to lag as my areas of weakness were highlighted. It’s true.
Our greatest strengths are our greatest weaknesses.
My highest score was self-awareness. No surprise here. Most of my thoughts flow in and around interpreting my world and how I feel and think about it. My lowest score was social awareness, probably stemming from my laser focus on my own interaction with the world, while my scores for self and social management fell between the two extremes. My emotions sometimes get the best of me.
At that moment, while reading my results, it would have been easy to let my perfectionism take over and start the journey towards self-pity and disdain. But perfectionism is futile. Instead I accepted that the quiz highlighted what is true of me.
I am self aware but I do struggle to respond calmly, managing situations and emotions instead of allowing them to manage me. I love people, but sometimes I miss social cues, or worse, go into hiding because I feel self-conscious or fearful in social situations.
I’m looking forward to delving into the strategies Emotional Intelligence 2.0 offers and sharing the journey with you.
How would you score in the four areas?
Self Awareness. Self Management. Social Awareness. Social Management.