If you’re interested in formally assessing your level of Business EQ, various self-assessment tools and tests exist. You can find them on-line and in books about EQ. Some emotional intelligence “coaches” also use EI self-assessment tools with their clients.
Such tests can be helpful. But all self-assessment tests rely on, well, self assessments, which can be unreliable, simply because people often can’t see—or admit to—some of their less desireable qualities.
Some people can’t even see their own good qualities.
The more accurate assessments often come from those who actually work with you. The challenge here is a) finding people who will talk to you frankly or b) finding the organizations or tests that actually measure the perceptions people have of other people.
If you aren’t willing or able to find an organization that offers so-called “multi-rater” tests, consider asking a trusted colleague or mentor some of the following questions:
-Do you think I have a pretty good handle on my emotions?
-Is there anything I do that is counter productive to my work or that of others?
-Do you think I am (or would make) a good leader?
-Do you think I am able to get along with others?
-Do you think others enjoy working with me?
-Do I seem like a motivated employee to you?
-What is my greatest strength on the job?
-What is my greatest weakness on the job?
And then be prepared to listen — and listen well — to their answers.