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Emotional Intelligence

             Emotional intelligence is the area of cognitive ability, which involves social skills and traits that facilitate interpersonal behavior.  Since intelligence can be broadly defined as the ability to adopt a goal oriented behavior, emotional intelligence focuses on the aspects of intelligence governing social adaptation and self-knowledge. As explored by Daniel Goleman in 1995, emotional intelligence is an aspect that has the largest predictor of success in the workplace. The concept of testable emotional intelligence quotient (EQ), which is a counterpart to the intelligence quotient (IQ), has since been developed. Therefore, emotional intelligence quotient, in contrast to the intelligence quotient, which focuses on academically oriented skills, such as mathematical ability as evaluated in an IQ test, emotional intelligence test, focuses greatly on the ability of an individual to effectively deal with others. To that end, emotional intelligence evaluates traits and abilities, such as empathy and self awareness, which are sometimes referred to as soft skills.

 Since emotional intelligence can be described as managing feelings so that they may be appropriately and effectively expressed,  this social aspect enables people e to work together smoothly toward their common goal. Through this, emotional intelligence forms an important aspect in the working place. Perhaps, the major skills that make up emotional intelligence are self awareness, self management, social awareness, and relationship management. However, identifying the emotional intelligence of an individual and those of others is an important aspect in an organization because it enhances the ability to regulate and manage emotions, and can be applied in thinking and problem solving in the work place. This paper, therefore, as an analysis of an individual emotional intelligence, identifies strengths, weaknesses, as well as the leadership strategies that can be used to overcome the weaknesses.


Comfortable with emotions in general, approach to problem solving is conducive to resolution, have a positive mindset, chose good forms of resolution for other’s conflict situations on the test, doing well in the area of Emotional Management, show resilience/hardness, able to let go minor issues, able/willing to adapt individuals social skills to the surrounding circumstances, and have a healthy level of self-esteem.

Potential strengths

            Doing reasonably well in the area of Emotional Identification, Perception, and Expression


             Doing reasonably well in the area of Emotional Facilitation of Thought


 Seem to struggle to act independently


An analysis of an individual emotional intelligence identifies strengths, weaknesses, as well as the leadership strategies that can be used to overcome the weaknesses.   Characteristics such as abstract versus concrete, directive versus informative, cooperative versus pragmatic, and expressive versus attentive can be used to classify individuals based on their emotional intelligence.  The subject individual in this case is   seems to do generally well in emotional control especially in maintaining the individuals emotions and those of others.  The self esteem is perhaps good;   having a positive mindset, approach to problem solving is conducive to resolution and has a positive self stem.  However, the weakness is on the struggle to act independently.  An individual who tend to struggle independently and pay more attention to the opinions of others can be classified as cooperative.   Such an individual can work well in a group and pay less attention to an individual’s feelings, and can be a good team player.


Keirsey.com, (2013). The Keirsey Temperament Sorter. Retrieved From, http://www.keirsey.com/sorter/instruments2.aspx On July 22, 2013.

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