Emotional intelligence test

Exercise: Boston EI Questionnaire

 

 

The following questions are designed to help you establish just how aware you are of your emotional responses and how well you use your emotional intelligence.

 

The questionnaire follows the 5-step model of EI. For each question tick the box that comes closest to how you feel about the answer.

 

 

A

B

C

D

1. Can you tell when your mood is changing?

 

Always

Sometimes

Rarely

Never

2. Do you know when you are becoming defensive?

 

Always

Sometimes

Rarely

Never

3. Can you tell when your emotions are affecting your performance?

 

Always

Sometimes

Rarely

Never

4. How quickly do you realise you are starting to lose your temper?

 

Very quickly

Not very quickly

Slowly

Very slowly

5. How soon do you realise that your thoughts are turning negative?

 

Straightaway

Quite soon

After a while

Usually too late

6. Can you relax when you are under pressure?

 

Very easily

Quite easily

Hardly ever

Not at all

7. Do you just get on things when you are angry?

 

Usually

Sometimes

Not usually

Never

8. Do you engage in self-talk to vent feelings of anger or anxiety?

 

Often

Sometimes

Rarely

Never

9. Do you remain cool in the face of others’ anger or aggression?

 

Always

Usually

Occasionally

Never

10. How well can you concentrate when you are feeling anxious?

 

Very well

Quite well

Just about

Not at all

11. Do you bounce back quickly after a setback?

 

Always

Sometimes

Occasionally

Never

12. Do you deliver on your promises?

 

 

Without fail

Quite often

Rarely

Never

13. Can you kick start yourself into action when appropriate?

 

Yes, always

Yes, sometimes

Not often

No, never

 

 

 

A

B

C

D

14. How willingly do you change the way you do things when current methods are not working?

Very willingly

Quite willingly

Quite reluctantly

Very reluctantly

15. Are you able to lift your energy level to tackle and complete boring tasks?

Always

Usually

Rarely

Never

16. Do you actively seek ways of resolving conflict?

 

Yes, often

Yes, sometimes

Not often

Never

17. To what extent do you influence others about the way things are done?

 

A great extent

To some extent

Very little

None

18. How willing are you to act as a spokesperson for others?

 

Very willing

Can be persuaded

Quite reluctantly

Not at all willing

19. Are you able to demonstrate empathy with others’ feelings?

 

Always

Sometimes

Rarely

Never

20. To what extent do you find that others trust and confide in you?

 

Frequently

Occasionally

Hardly ever

Never

21. Do you find yourself able to raise morale and make others feel good?

 

Yes, often

Yes, sometimes

Rarely

Never

22. How freely do you offer help and assistance to others?

 

Very freely

Quite freely

Reluctantly

Not freely at all

23. Can you sense when others are feeling angry or anxious and respond appropriately?

Yes, always

Yes, often

Hardly ever

Never

24. How effective are you at communicating your feelings to others?

Very

Quite

Not very

Not at all

25. Do you contribute to the management of conflict and emotion within your work group or family?

Yes, often

Yes, sometimes

Rarely

Never

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marking your answers

 

 

Give yourself 4 points for each box in column A, 3 points for each box ticked in column B, 2 for C and 1 for D.  Enter the scores in the boxes below and fill in the totals.

 

1 2 3 4 5 Total (Questions 1 – 5)
            Your score for Self-awareness
6 7 8 9 10 Total (Questions 6 – 10)
            Your score for Emotion management
11 12 13 14 15 Total (Questions 11- 15)
            Your score for Self-motivation
16 17 18 19 20 Total (Questions 16 – 20)
            Your score for Relationship management
21 22 23 24 25 Total (Questions 21 – 25)
            Your score for Emotion coaching

 

If you scored 17 or more on any dimension you seem to shape up pretty well.  A score of 13 to 16 indicates some remedial work is necessary. 12 to 9 means EI development is required.  8 or less means some major remedial work is necessary.  But do not despair whatever your score.  Now that you understand emotional intelligence you will be able to develop your own EI.