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EQ-i 2.0® and EQ 360® Emotional Intelligence Assessment For Leadership

What is Emotional Intelligence?

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.


Why is Emotional Intelligence important for Leaders?

The research supporting the importance of Emotional Intelligence dates back over 30 years, and while it was made popular in the late 1990s, arguably it is even more important today that we are developing “emotionally intelligent leaders” to retain and develop the talent that will lead innovation and business growth.

So how is Emotional Intelligence linked to leadership? In addition to the research supporting this report, fifteen years of research has shown that leaders tend to score higher in Emotional Intelligence than the general population. Also, many professionals find it easier to focus on improving a few specific skills that underlie broader leadership competencies, making the EQ-i 2.0® and EQ 360® subscales the perfect building blocks to reaching your leadership potential.


Why the EQ-i 2.0® and EQ 360® Instrument?

The Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i 2.0® and EQ 360®) is one of the first scientifically validated and one of the most widely used Emotional Intelligence instruments in the world. It builds on the success and insights of the BarOn EQ-i® instrument by introducing an updated model of emotional intelligence and introduces some differences that stem from changes, based on extensive feedback, to assessment items, updated norms and rigorous reliability and validity studies.

Based on more than 20 years of research worldwide, the EQ-i 2.0® and EQ 360® examines an individual’s social and emotional strengths and weaknesses. Respondents self-report on their life and workplace performance in 15 key areas of emotional skill that have been proven to contribute to proficiency in complex business activities such as conflict resolution and planning


Council uses the EQ-i® instrument, in conjunction with MBTI ® , as the fundamental basis for our Leadership Development Program. The EQ-i® tool has seen our emerging leaders learn more about themselves, how they utilise their emotions in the workplace and how their actions and reactions can impact on their effectiveness as a leader. Armed with this insight, it is great to see them practically develop these skills throughout the program.

Carlie McQuillan, Workforce Planning Coordinator, Lake Macquarie City Council


Please take a moment to find out more about the EQ-i 2.0® and EQ 360® in the following videos featuring Dr. Steven Stein, Co-author of EQ Edge and Founder and CEO of MHS Assessments ® and Cameron Nott, Managing Director of The Myers-Briggs Company Pty Ltd.

The EQ-i 2.0® and EQ 360® Model:

The EQ-i 2.0® and EQ 360® and EQ-360 instruments measure emotional intelligence (EI) and how it can impact people and the workplace. The 1-5-15 factor structure the EQ-i 2.0® and EQ 360® features is one overarching EI score (Total EI), broken down into five composite scores which, in turn, are broken down into a total of 15 subscales.

Leadership Development - Emotional Intelligence - EQ-1 2.0 




By identifying the areas that need improvement, the client can immediately begin developing those areas. At the same time, areas where the client excels can be leveraged to their full potential to maximise effectiveness in daily tasks.

While emotional intelligence is not the sole predictor of human performance and development potential, it is proven to be a key indicator in these areas. Emotional intelligence is not a static factor - to the contrary, one’s emotional intelligence changes over time and can be developed in targeted areas.


Certification in the EQ-i 2.0® and EQ 360® Instrument

The EQ-i 2.0® and EQ 360® instrument is what we call ‘Restricted’ and you need to be trained and certified to access and use it. This ensures that the instrument is used for the purpose for which it was designed and that it is being administered and interpreted correctly.

We offer an EQ-i 2.0® and EQ 360® Certification Program that will qualify you in the professional and ethical administration of the EQ-i 2.0® and EQ 360® instrument and upon successful completion of the program, you will gain a certificate of qualification to purchase and use both the instrument and its reports.

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Please note that the EQ-i 2.0® and EQ 360® Certification Program has been approved by the International Coach Federation (ICF) for the following Continuing Coach Education (CCE) hours:

  • Core Competencies: 13.5
  • Resource Development: 3.5

Please take a moment now to view this video introducing the benefits of certification in the EQ-i 2.0® and EQ 360® instrument.



Public EQ-i 2.0® and EQ 360® Certification Programs are currently available in Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland and other locations in the Asia Pacific region upon request .

If you would like to discuss an in-house Certification Program for your organisation, please contact us .


Applications of Emotional Intelligence:

  • Leadership Development
  • Executive Coaching
  • Individual Development
  • Team Development
  • Organisational Development
  • Student development
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Career Exploration

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