Can Emotional Intelligence Help You Be More Agile?

Yes! The New Everything DiSC® Agile EQ™ Shows You How.


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Everything DiSC® Agile EQ™

The more volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous our working environments become, the more critical a truly agile workforce is to success. Each day, we’re called to make progress faster, while pivoting on short notice. To stand firm in our ideas while remaining open to new perspectives. Staying agile demands that we develop and use our emotional intelligence (EQ) in new ways.

How is this approach to emotional intelligence different?

Emotional intelligence is a complex, multifaceted construct with many different takes on how to measure it. Put simply, at its core it is the capacity of an individual to recognize their own emotions and those of others, discern between different feelings, and understand them to guide their thinking and behavior to adapt successfully to the environment.

We’ve been keeping a close eye on the research, and studies have grown substantially over the last two decades, showing that EQ development directly impacts the effectiveness of leaders and managers. In addition, Dion Leadership coaches and consultants have logged thousands of hours of firsthand experience working with a variety of EQ assessments and coaching leaders who have developed their emotional intelligence and reaped some stellar results through that intensive work.

As a differentiator, Agile EQ focuses on emotional intelligence as the ability to act most productively in different emotional and social situations. The foundation of the Agile EQ model involves two concepts: mindsets and agility. The mindsets reflect specific social and emotional competencies. Agility reflects a meta-competency, which is the ability to recognize the need for a given mindset in a specific situation and act accordingly.

We were intrigued by this practical and situational focus to EQ. So when Wiley asked us to participate in the development of this product, we were thrilled. We jumped at the opportunity and tested it with clients through the “best testing” process.

It was a transformative experience for our clients.

Here is what we discovered during the process:

  1. There are different ways to be emotionally intelligent.
  2. There are different situations that call on us to use our EQ in specific ways.
  3. An approach that works well in one situation won’t always work in the next.
  4. The term “agile EQ” refers to how effectively and efficiently you can adapt to a social or emotional situation to solve the problem at hand.
Everything DiSC Agile EQ™ teaches learners about the wide range of responses they can call on to handle socially and emotionally charged situations, and how to reach for the one best suited to the unique challenge they face. The model arranges these skills into eight mindsets (e.g., self-assured, composed, empathizing). This empowers learners to become better equipped to meet the demands of today’s changing and challenging workplace.

The Everything DiSC Agile EQ Profile provides participants with a personalized report giving valuable insights that help them explore the concept of emotional intelligence and take an agile approach to workplace interactions. The assessment can be debriefed in a 1:1 setting or in a group workshop, and it includes a robust facilitation kit to support your facilitation of this content.

Interested in developing your own Everything DiSC® Agile EQ™ program? Email us with your request and we will send you a facilitation kit right away. We can schedule a time to talk with you about Dion Leadership implementing a custom program for your organization.

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