Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Research proves that emotional intelligence is one of the best predictors of success. Emotional Intelligence is a set of emotional and social skills that influence the way we perceive and express ourselves, develop and maintain social relationships, cope with challenges and use emotional information in an effective and meaningful way. To assess emotional intelligence True Potential utilises EQ-i 2.0 Emotional Intelligence Model and tests. (see below).

The overall result of well-developed emotional intelligence is healthy and emotional social functioning, which is linked to your well-being and happiness. There are several facets that work together to produce an effective level of emotional and social functioning and well-being.

The EQ-i 2.0 Model starts with self-perception. Understanding yourself allows to better express yourself. This leads to healthier interactions with others, which then leads to making good decisions. Making good decisions allows you to manage stress better, which leads to understanding your emotions better and so on. It is important to consider that the EQ-i 2.0. model of emotional intelligence is dynamic and each facets relies and influences the others, each facet works together to create healthy emotional intelligence- none is more important than the other, and the model is circula in nature, there is no start or end point. Collectively, the EQ-i 2.0 model of emotional intelligence produces an overall snapshot of one's emotional intelligence.

In addition to the EQ-i 2.0 Model, True Potential use also personality tests to get even more comprehensive view on our own personality's strengths and possible challenges and biases to develop emotional intelligence. We all have our own view and classes or filters through which we see ourselves and the world. The tests we use for this purpose are iEQ9 and Workplace Big 5 tools and tests.

iEQ9 is  based on a deep personality system the Enneagram.  The Enneagram is a powerful tool and dynamic system to help you to discover your personality pinpointing also motivational factors and the coping strategy behind behaviour. It shows the automatic patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving and the core beliefs driving them. It helps you to find our core strengths and typical areas of development and also suggests practical ways to develop yourself, increase your agility and resilience; to meet changing and often ambiquous situations without falling into trap of your own habitual ways of thinking, feeling and behaving.

The Enneagram also helps you to understand and appreciate different personalities and what motivates them. It shows good intentions behind the behavior, even though others do not observe them that way. In addition, it gives suggestions on how to develop high-performing teams that can harness those personality differences in a positive way, instead as seeing the differences as a problem. The Enneagram also teaches us what to consider when collaborating with different enneagram types, recognizing our typical patterns of interaction, conflict, leadership, team work etc.

Results of a report from 72 companies that used Enneagram intensively for development purposes (Enneagram in Business July 2011):

  • Increases in employee engagement, communication, positive interactions, collaboration between individuals within teams and across business units.
  • Teams, business units and companies are scoring significantly higher on multiple measures on company surveys, incl. customer satisfaction.
  • Business units showing gains in financial results, sales are rising by double digits and companies are retaining key leaders.
  • Leaders scoring higher on 360-degree surveys.

For further information about the enneagram, please look at

”The Enneagram has become an internal language for us, what we use for developing our internal collaboration and tackle challenges in many levels of the organisation as well  develop ourselves as individuals, leaders in many levels of the organisationd and as a leadership team." (Senior Executive)

WorkPlace Big Five Profile™ is based on modern personality research, is an efficient personality and team profiling tool Big Five: five areas of personality The Big Five model of personality is a modern, extensively studied and reliable personality model. It has been widely accepted as the “standard” of personality research, and it is also often used as the basis when evaluating the validity of other personality assessment tools. That is why the Big Five Model is sometimes called “the mother of all personality assessment tools”. Whereas the enneagram is a personality typology, the Big Five is based on trait theories.

The Big Five model divides personality in five areas (Supertraits). Based on these traits,we can describe a person’s behavior. The WorkPlace Big Five Supertraits are: •Need for stability (N) • Extraversion (E) • Originality (O) • Accommodation (A)• Consolidation (C) In addition, WorkPlace Big Five looks at personality through 23 subtraits.

The WorkPlace Big5 and the iEQ9 (Enneagram) are both tools that can be used in separate sessions or integrate them as a part of other development processes, combining great fun and deep insights at the same time!