Hayley Hesseln, PhD, CEC and co-founder EI Advantage tells us about how she works with emotional intelligence in academia, the workforce and through coaching. She has a commerce degree and a doctorate degree and has worked as a university professor since 1996 in the US and Canada.
Her passion is developing individuals and helping people help themselves.
Over the last several years, I’ve trained many people to be EQi 2.0 and EQ360 certified. The training delves deep into emotional intelligence (EI), which has been around for a long time and has been linked to personal and professional success.
In fact, there is a tremendous body of research that not only looks at overall EI as it is related to academic and workplace performance and leadership success, but individual subscales and how they are important for collaboration, communication and even success in specific careers.
The assessments you provide give your clients a snapshot of their emotional skills at the present and help them to see their strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for improvement. While the reports are great in terms of offering advice for how to enhance or temper subscales, sometimes it’s just not enough.
For example, I had a client, let’s call him Jeff, who scored high in emotional expression meaning that he could express his full range of emotions.
However, he also scored low in impulse control. He told me that he was usually the first to talk at meetings and to offer his ideas even if he hadn’t thought them through. The solution was to come up with several exercises that allowed him to practice controlling his impulses.
I’ve been lucky to have great resources at the university library to use in my own research on EI, and to help my clients such as Jeff better control his impulses. In so doing, I also did the research to explore other scientifically based strategies for each of the subscales which led to the creation of Emotional Intelligence: Your Foundation for Success.
Your Skills Manual
Emotional Intelligence: Your Foundation for Success explains why emotional intelligence is important overall and how each of the composites and subscales are manifested in different behaviours.
The book outlines 45 exercises: three for each of the 15 subscales defined by the EQ-i 2.0/EQ360. I hope this guide can be a valuable resource for you or something you can recommend to your clients to help them meet their goals by focusing directly on what matters. Order your copy today!