The best way to understand your emotional intelligence is as a profile of different competencies

When people hear about Emotional Intelligence, many want to know what their EI or EQ score is. Our free Emotional Intelligence test gives you scores, but numbers alone can only give you an indication of your overall ability. Emotional Intelligence — unlike IQ — cannot be expressed well as a number. It is best understood as a profile of your strengths and development potential over a range of abilities.

The Difference between EI and IQ

Your Emotional Intelligence (EI), or your Emotional Intelligence Quotient (EQ), is different from IQ in two ways:

1. EI is not a fixed trait like IQ

Your IQ stays the same throughout your life. The fact that EI is not a fixed trait is very significant. It implies that you can enhance your EI.

2. EI is better described as a profile rather than a number

Since IQ is fixed, it makes sense to express it as a number. But a number is not helpful for a complex, trainable trait like EI. That’s why Emotional Intelligence is best understood as a profile of your strengths. Its main purpose is to show your development potential over the full range of EI related competencies.

To enhance your EI, you need to understand your EI profile

The basic principle of EI training is not complicated! It is about training your different EI abilities. Thus, the key to enhancing your EI is understanding these abilities and then improving them.

That’s why the first step in EI training is learning about what these basic EI competencies are. Once you understand them, you can assess your individual strengths. And you can identify what your learning opportunities are. This information provides a basis for setting your learning goals. And to make a training plan.

The MBEID training starts with understanding your EI Profile. It begins with guiding you through a process of self-discovery. You will get your first insights into your EI profile in the Intro to EI email course. The MBEID EI Profile module then skillfully guides you to understand your EI profile more fully.

The MBEID self-assessment approach

Fortunately, EI skills have a quality that is very helpful for training: They are observable!

In one way, this makes it easy. If you look at yourself honestly, you will know whether you have them or not. And people around you can see whether you have them, because they are reflected in our behaviors.

In another way, it is not easy. We all have blind spots that prevent us from seeing ourselves clearly. And other people may have biases that affect the accuracy of their assessment of our abilities.

There are a number of scientific EI assessment tools available. They are based on extensive research and are able to accurately tell how your scores compare with others. But each test uses different approaches, and often they do not give the same results.

That is why it is important to use EI assessments results with a grain of salt. We can use them as a support for understanding ourselves. To help us see our blind spots. It would not be wise to use them as completely definitive and objective truths about ourselves.

The MBEID approach is based on a very simple and direct experiential self-assessment. It first teaches you the basic EI competencies, Then it shows you how to observe them and finally how to assess yourself.

The scientific EI Profile assessments usually ask questions without explaining their significance. At the end, you get a result, but haven’t learned much about the EI Model.

In the MBEID process of self-assessing your EI Profile, you also learn about yourself. But you also learn a lot about the theory of emotional intelligence.

Self-assessment has an obvious limitation. As already mentioned above, it may be distorted by your blind spots. Its accuracy depends on your present level of self-awareness. But it provides a good starting point.

In the MBEID approach, self-awareness of your EI abilities is an ongoing part of developing your EI. As you keep training, your self-awareness will improve. And thus your capacity to self-assess and understand yourself.

The MBEID EI Profile

This module includes two other assessments besides the EI Profile. It has three parts:

1) Your Emotional Intelligence Profile

The MBEID EI Profile goes into much more depth than the mini EI Profile of the intro course. It guides you through a process of self-reflection. To help you understand your level of emotional intelligence.

2) Your Personal Sustainability Assessment

Here, you investigate how sustainably you live. Whether you are maintaining your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. And to look for warning signs of burn-out.

3) The Envisioning Your Ideal Life Process

This module will guide you to reflect on your values and what is important to you. You will be guided to articulate your life vision. And you will reflect on what you would like to change in your life.

These three self-assessments, take 30–60 minutes each, and are best spread out over four days. After you complete your EI Profile, you will have a 90-minute coaching session. I will help you understand the results of your assessments. Then we will together discover your learning opportunities and set your learning goals.

Korn Ferry Emotional ESCI 360 assessment

For clients who wish, I can also offer a scientific 360 assessment. I am certified to offer the Korn Ferry Emotional and Social Competencies Inventory (ESCI) 360 assessment. The ESCI 360 also surveys the people around you. For example, at work, in your social circles and at home. And tells you how your scores compares to those of tens of thousands of others who have taken this test before you.

The ESCI 360 assessment includes a 60-minute coaching session to prepare you for doing the assessment. And it includes a 90-minute coaching session to help you understand the results and set your learning goals.


MBEID EI Profile & one 90-minute coaching session: US$ 350

Korn-Ferry ESCI – 360 & two coaching sessions: US$ 700

Please contact me for details.

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