Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence (EQ or EI) is an important tool for leadership and development. We are experts in emotional intelligence approaches and use these to provide a fairer view of your people and their total contribution to your orginisation

Our Approaches

Emotional Intelligence (EI or EQ)

Emotional Intelligence is a relatively new theory based on the shortcomings of the more traditional IQ (intelligence quotient) test to determine a person's full ability. More details can be found by scrolling down - or you can click here.

It is becoming increasingly recognised that good leaders have the ability to manage their own emotions and those of others in addition to raw intellectual ability.

We help organisations and individuals understand and develop EI to improve leadership and generate results.

Our Approaches

Click on the headings below to see more on some of the approaches that we use.

16PF and MBTI

Action Learning

Appreciative Inquiry

Balanced Scorecard

Emotional Intelligence

Open Space

Participative design

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Supporting leaders to overcome their obstacles and develop themselves - through coaching and mentoring

Increasing the effectiveness of management teams through leadership team development

Identifying and improving leadership across the organisation through talent management and leadership development

Mobilising large groups for change through creating inspiring conferences and motivational speaking

Increasing the effectiveness of the Human Resources function through HR strategy and skills development


Emotional Intelligence

What is emotional intelligence?

In a world of work where people are increasingly accepted to make the difference to success or failure, any idea that seems to offer the possibility of enabling them to work together more co-operatively and productively is likely to raise a great deal of interest. Such was the case when the concept of emotional intelligence first came to public prominence in 1995; subsequently, various products became available almost overnight. But is emotional intelligence (also known as emotional intelligence quotient – EQ) a useful concept, or is it a fad that has been over-hyped by commercial interests?

The following summarises the work of three leading contributors.

Mayer and Salovey

Emotional intelligence made its first appearance in 1989 in an article by two American psychologists, John D Mayer and Peter Salovey. The article defined emotional intelligence as ‘the ability to monitor one’s own and others’ feelings and emotions, to discriminate among them, and to use this information to guide one’s thinking and actions’. The authors argued that emotional intelligence consisted of four separate elements:

Daniel Goleman

In 1995 emotional intelligence came to public attention as a result of a book by Daniel Goleman Emotional intelligence: why it can matter more than IQ. In his book, Goleman, a psychologist and journalist, summarised the work of Mayer, Salovey and others to make it accessible to a wider audience. The book became an instant best-seller on both sides of the Atlantic and the emotional intelligence movement – some have described it as a bandwagon - took off.

Goleman developed the following model of competencies:

  1. Personal competence: these competencies determine how we manage ourselves.
    • Self-awareness: knowing one’s internal states, preferences, resources and intuitions.
    • Emotional self-awareness: recognising one’s emotions and their effects.
    • Accurate self-assessment: knowing one’s strengths and limits.
    • Self-confidence: a strong sense of one’s self-worth and capabilities.
    • Self-management: managing one’s internal states, impulses and resources.
    • Self-control: keeping disruptive emotions and impulses in check.
    • Trustworthiness: maintaining standards of honesty and integrity.
    • Conscientiousness: taking responsibility for personal performance.
    • Adaptability: flexibility in handling change.
    • Achievement-orientation: striving to improve or meeting a standard of excellence.
    • Initiative: readiness to act on opportunities.
  2. Social competence: these competencies determine how we handle relationships.
    • Social awareness: awareness of others’ feelings, needs and concerns.
    • Empathy: sensing others’ feelings and perspectives, and taking an active interest in their concerns.
    • Organisational awareness: reading a group’s emotional currents and power relationships.
    • Service orientation: anticipating, recognising and meeting customers’ needs.
    • Social skills: adeptness at inducing desirable responses in others.
    • Developing others: sensing others’ developmental needs and bolstering their abilities.
    • Leadership: inspiring and guiding individuals and groups
    • Influence: wielding effective tactics for persuasion.
    • Communication: listening openly and sending convincing messages.
    • Change catalyst: initiating or managing change.
    • Conflict management: negotiating and resolving disagreements.
    • Building bonds: nurturing instrumental relationships.
    • Teamwork and collaboration: working with others toward shared goals. Creating group synergy in pursuing collective goals.

Higgs and Dulewicz

These two British authors from Henley Management College identified seven elements of emotional intelligence in their book Making sense of emotional intelligence2. These elements are broken down into the following three areas:

You can use our leadership diagnostic to assess for yourself how you, your managers and your organisation are faring in each of these areas.

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Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence (EQ or EI) is an important tool for leadership and development. We are experts in emotional intelligence approaches and use these to provide a fairer view of your people and their total contribution to your orginisation