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Emotional Intelligence Testing vs Personality Testing

Most people I speak to have, at some point in their career, undergone some form of personality psychometric testing in the workplace.

Whether it’s discovering you’re yellow vs red, or an ENFJ vs an ISTP, the self-awareness that a lot of these tests bring (alongside learning to recognise and respect difference amongst colleagues) can be highly beneficial.

But whilst personality and EQ do have some crossover when it comes to behavioural elements, research shows that the two are significantly different.

One of the main differences between the two is that according to personality theory, the personality traits that we possess tend to be ingrained in us by around the time we are 21 and remain fixed over time.

Emotional Intelligence skills, on the other hand, has been proven to be dynamic and changeable. In fact, effective coaching and training programmes have shown to increase a person’s EQ by up to 35% in certain areas, such as their stress tolerance.

Both personality testing and EQ testing help you to gain self-awareness and insight into your strengths and weaknesses, but where EQ testing has the edge is that it also offers you a real chance at development, in a measureable way.

Surely this provides organisations with far more value than simply assessing personality alone, and yet you see far less Emotional Intelligence testing in comparison to personality testing in the workplace.

At LeverageEQ, we are hoping to change that. We offer individuals and teams the chance to undertake the EQ-I 2.0, which is the world’s leading measurement tool for Emotional Intelligence. It looks at 15 different EQ competencies, including your stress tolerance, assertiveness, self-regard, and empathy.

We work with our clients to create bespoke packages, usually combining the assessment with elements of training and coaching to enable EQ development.

If you are interested in finding out more about, head over to Our Services page.

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