Improving Your Emotional Responses in the Workplace

No matter what happens in your business, one thing remains the same. The people who make up your workforce serve as the backbone of operations. They can be the stabilizing force that helps you navigate all the ups and downs.

But as organizations go through changes over the years, it’s essential to have team members with the flexibility to navigate those changes. As described in the recent ebook, Agility Unlocked: Revealing the Connection Between Agility and Emotional Intelligence, the close connection between emotional intelligence and agility is essential. You can download the ebook here.

Change Is Inevitable

Any business that’s around long enough will eventually experience a disruption. It could be something as widespread as a natural disaster or it might be something more localized like a buyout or CEO resignation.

This is where agility comes into play. In business, “agility” simply refers to the ability to quickly and easily respond to change. If your business is agile, you’ll be able to handle any challenges that are thrown your way with minimal disruption to your daily operations.

Where Employees Come In

No matter how many policies you put in place, you can’t achieve true business agility without your team backing you up. Your employees need to be prepared to work together and communicate, tackling any challenges that arise.

But there’s a problem with that. As the ebook points out, each employee has a unique personality, and not all employees excel at collaboration and communication. Some employees also don’t adjust well to change. By understanding various personality types, you can better get a feel for something that’s known as the emotional intelligence quotient of each worker.

What Is Emotional Intelligence?

When you think of intelligence, you likely think of someone’s ability to learn and apply that education. But there are various types of intelligence.

Emotional intelligence, also known as EQ, is the ability to read and interpret the emotional needs of a situation and respond appropriately. Agile EQ takes that a step further, by describing a person’s ability to read and interpret a situation’s needs when challenges are tossed into the mix.

Someone with a strong agile EQ, for instance, would note that losing a large client leads to uncertainty among staff members and adjust responses to fit the situation. For many people, though, some situations are tougher than others, and this is based on individual personality types.

Personality Types and EQ

Since EQ is so closely tied to personality, one of the best ways to gauge your team’s agility is to assess personality. An effective way to accomplish that goal is by using a popular tool called the Everything DiSC® Assessment. The Everything DiSC® assessment uses a test to measure four distinct personality styles: Dominance, Influence, Steadiness, and Conscientiousness.

Everything DiSC® is built using the expertise of Authorized Partners and Certified Practitioners to accurately gauge the various traits that power each person’s actions. A Dominant personality tends to prioritize getting results, for instance, while an Influence personality is more focused on interpersonal relationships. People can have traits from each style, of course, but everyone’s dominant in one area over the others.

How Everything DiSC® Assessments Work

With Everything DiSC® assessments, you first take a computer-based assessment where you rate a series of statements on a five-point scale. With team-based assessments, you’ll have each employee take the assessment, then get a report that details the results. Team members will see their own reports to help get a better understanding of why they individually react to situations the way they do.

But the key to success with an Everything DiSC® assessment is putting the results to use. The reports come with action you can take to improve communication and collaboration within the organization. Each employee will also have exercises they can do so that they can make the most of what they’ve learned.

The Everything DiSC® Agile EQ Assessment

What better way to assess your team’s agility than to take an assessment specifically designed to measure for it? The Everything DiSC® Agile EQ Assessment is targeted specifically toward measuring your emotional intelligence, as well as the EQ of everyone on your team.

What sets the Everything DiSC® Agile EQ Assessment apart from other DiSC® assessments is that it shows how challenging each mindset is for a specific person. This can show how change will affect them based on their personality style, for instance.

Within DiSC®, there are eight distinct mindsets, each with its own way of interacting: Dynamic, Outgoing, Empathizing, Receptive, Composed, Objective, Resolute, and Self-Assured. A Resolute personality type is better at pushing through resistance, for example, while a Composed person is better at taking time to reflect before acting.

The Everything DiSC® Agile EQ Assessment can help you improve your team’s agility. By understanding the unique mindsets of each team member, as well as helping them learn the personality traits that make them react a certain way, you can be better prepared to manage your changing, growing business.

Want to check out the Everything DiSC® Agile EQ Assessment? You can view the details and purchase your assessment here. Or get in touch with our team. We’d love to hear from you and share how we can help you improve workplace interactions (1-888-515-3131 or [email protected]).

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