Human skill and ingenuity provide the essential building blocks of business success. Yet the effective management of assets so complex can prove elusive. The most commonly considered performance predictors—intelligence, education, experience, and personality—are, quite simply, not enough. How often do judgements formed on the basis of a candidate’s academic achievement, formal qualifications, and employment record prove flawed? The key predictor missing from this list used to be regarded as an intangible something but has now been identified by a large and growing body of international social scientific research as Emotional Intelligence.
Emotionally intelligent people communicate effectively, form strong relationships and create powerful coping strategies; emotionally unintelligent people don’t—no matter how high their IQs. Emotional Intelligence can be measured—more reliably and less controversially than IQ—and, unlike IQ, it can be substantially strengthened and developed.
The following is a brief introduction to the many workplace applications of Emotional Intelligence:
Selection and Succession
Used in conjunction with existing evaluation criteria (experience, qualifications, interview results), properly interpreted Emotional Intelligence test scores provide unprecedented predictability. You will better know whom to hire and whom to promote, have better success aligning the right people with the right jobs, and achieve greater clarity in planning for the succession of senior leadership.
Emotional Intelligence is elastic. Those who lack it can acquire it; those who have it can enhance it. MHS Emotional Intelligence tests identify areas of strength and weakness that training and coaching can be designed around. People at every level of the organization, from new hires to senior managers, can develop their Emotional Intelligence skills and see their job performance improve significantly.
As most experienced leaders are acutely aware, social and emotional competencies are critical to managerial success. Our tools, along with specialized offerings like the EQ-i Leadership Report, have helped organizations formulate clear profiles and development plans for up-and-coming leaders.
Team and Organization Building
The Emotional Intelligence tools offered by MHS go beyond the success of the individual. Tools are also available for assessing the Emotional Intelligence of teams, departments, and the organization as a whole. With the implementation of appropriate programs, entire organizational cultures can be re-engineered to deliver higher productivity and better bottom-line results.
Ethical test use in a variety of cultures and languages is a top priority for MHS. Used in over 80 countries, MHS assessment tools have worldwide application. They don’t discriminate on the basis of race, gender, or age, meaning that results can be used without fear of bias. Results for each test are compared to a large normative sample that carefully represents the population’s demographics. With offerings in over 30 languages and dialects, our translation service makes MHS products available—and comprehensible—to users everywhere.
Credibility and Social Responsibility
Standing behind every MHS Emotional Intelligence assessment tool is a company that has been an innovator in test development and statistical analyses for a quarter of a century. Led by highly qualified scientists and professionals, who collaborate with academic researchers worldwide, MHS is committed to the publication of carefully designed and independently validated assessment tools. Emotional Intelligence tests can always be developed. Whether they can be scientifically and independently validated is quite another matter. While the standards are high, MHS tools have met them all. This allows you to integrate MHS Emotional Intelligence tools into your business initiatives without worrying about the reliability of the results they generate.