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10-minute EQ quiz
Please give one answer for every question. Tick the first answer that feels right for you. There are no right or wrong answers, this is about you, remember!
You’re busy but a young co-worker needs help:
I apologize, explain I’m chasing a deadline and offer to get back to them later.
I ask them to wait a minute or two before helping them.
I explain the best way for them to learn is to figure it out for themselves.
I stop what I’m doing immediately and focus on their problem.
I suggest they ask someone else.
How well would you say you know your strengths and limits:
I don't really know but I am trying to understand them.
I have a vague idea of what I am good at and not so good at.
I have never thought about my strengths and limits and don't really care to.
I know more or less what my strengths and limits are.
I know precisely what my strengths and limits are.
During your average working day, how often do you interact with co-workers:
I make a point of greeting and having a brief chat with as many people as I can without affecting my productivity.
I speak only to my bosses and subordinates about work issues.
I speak only to people I know well.
I speak to as few people as possible. I’m here to work, not to socialize.
I usually say hello to the people working near me.
When someone makes a joke at your expense:
I do my best to smile and shrug it off.
I don’t laugh, just shake my head and walk away.
I immediately turn the tables on the joke teller.
I laugh along with everyone else.
I laugh then make a comment that shifts the attention to another subject.
You are given a task at work that involves something you haven't done before. What do you do:
Before I tackle the task, I ask someone who has done it before to show me how.
I find someone who can do it and ask them to work with me on it.
I know that I can do what is expected of me and I rise to the occasion.
I tackle the task and if I get stuck I ask someone who has done it before for advice.
I tell my superior that I am unable to do the job and prefer they gave it to someone else.
What’s your approach to leadership:
I believe good people don’t need leadership. They know what they have to do.
I circulate written briefs to my team and expect them to call me if anything is unclear.
I delegate responsibility to the team leader who checks in with me from time to time.
I get everyone together and discuss each other’s roles and responsibilities and how we can work closely as a team.
I prefer to brief people individually so they know what I’m expecting from each one.
How do you respond to pressure:
I ask colleagues for help.
I clear all the routine tasks before tackling the main challenges.
I haven’t noticed any change in my behaviour.
I rank my tasks according to their merit and focus only on those that are urgent and important.
I work a little more quickly while maintaining quality and accuracy.
When a subordinate turns in some excellent work:
I ask them why their last project wasn’t as good.
I offer no praise at all because they’re simply doing what they’re paid for.
I praise them loudly in front of others.
I praise them when we’re alone.
I tell them their work is up to the standard our firm expects.
You have had an argument with your partner or parent before work and are upset and in a bad mood. How do you deal with it at work:
I avoid people until I feel better.
I know it can have a bad effect on those around me so I make sure that I put it behind me and deal with it later.
I put my head down and work but am pleasant to people if they speak to me.
I tell everyone to leave me alone.
I tend to snap at people and have to apologise later.
Are you a good listener:
I listen for the first opportunity to put forward my own point of view.
I pay attention to what’s being said and listen for emotional cues.
I pick out the most important points and allow the rest to flow.
I tend to remember only the parts that apply to me.
I’m fairly attentive but my mind wanders occasionally.
If someone continually finds fault with you at work, how do you deal with that:
I arrange a private chat and ask them what it is I do or say that makes them so critical.
I challenge them publicly to explain their attitude.
I complain to the supervisor.
I suck it up and don’t let it worry me.
I try to ignore it, even though it upsets me.
You’ve been asked to change the way you do some routine tasks at work. You find the new methods take more of your time than the old ones. What action do you take:
I adopt some of the new methods and hope that will suffice.
I complain to my co-workers and reluctantly change to the new style.
I decide the old ways are better and I’m sticking with them.
I explain to my manager that things take longer now and ask if the results justify the extra effort. If they do, I switch.
I tell my manager that, because the work takes more time, the firm must increase my pay.
You’re flying on a business trip and a nearby passenger is causing trouble. What’s your response:
I film the incident on my cell phone.
I ignore it completely, it’s not my business to get involved.
I make sure whoever I’m traveling with is safe and protected.
I offer to help the cabin crew to control the situation.
I remain seated and call out my advice to the crew and passenger involved.
What kind of internal networks do you personally have in your organization:
I do things by the book. I use the formal structures only.
I don’t need to network. People accept me for what I am and for what I can do.
I have formal and informal relationships which I use for getting things done.
I have social networks which I don’t use for business purposes.
I use my internal business network for swapping information.
Do you volunteer to handle difficult tasks:
I do because I believe it’s a good way to gain confidence and experience.
I do if I believe I’m helping a colleague.
I do if it I’m certain I have the right skill set.
I do if the rewards are worthwhile.
I have enough on my plate without looking for extra work.
If a customer makes a request for product information, what do you offer:
The solution that has the highest commission for me.
The one that makes my firm the most profit.
Our most popular product or service - it’s bound to satisfy.
I refer them to our website.
I ask what their needs are and suggest what I believe is the best option.
You have been asked to help with a social event at work. Do you willingly get involved:
I do because it’s an opportunity to apply my skills to something new.
I don’t have anything to do with social gatherings at work.
I help out but I don’t want to take overall responsibility.
I might if it’s for my team or my department.
I might offer to do one or two simple tasks.
You find a woman’s purse at work. There’s a little money in it, a few photographs and a couple of keys but no clue to the owner’s identity. What do you do:
I ask my immediate colleagues if anyone knows the owner. If not, I take it to the HR department according to company policy.
I leave it where I found it.
I move it to a more prominent place so anyone looking for it will see it.
I take a photograph and make posters for the company’s intraweb, for public areas like the bathrooms, staff canteen and so on with my contact number.
I take it to the reception desk because that’s likely the first place someone will ask if it’s been found.
Which kind of working style do you prefer:
I enjoy working mainly alone with an assistant.
I like being in a team without leadership responsibilities.
I perform best when I’m leading my own team.
I’m a solitary person and prefer to work that way.
I’m best when collaborating with a team but not a member of it.
Your team finishes a project in style, a few days before the deadline. How do you react:
I congratulate one of the team and ask them to pass it on to the others.
I don’t make a big deal of it, but I might mention it next time we have a team meeting.
I expect them to do well and I don’t think it’s necessary to hand out compliments for doing their job.
I get them together and praise them individually and as a team for their efforts.
I send each member an email congratulating them on a job well done.
When you set goals for yourself, which is your major focus:
I don’t believe in setting specific goals as long as I’m happy and productive.
I like to be flexible. I adjust my goals as I go along.
I make sure I have to stretch my performance to achieve them.
I try to set slightly higher targets than the previous period.
I’m operating in a tough market and will be satisfied to match previous results.
Two members of your team have begun to squabble about minor issues. What’s the best thing to do:
I adjust the team’s duties to reduce the time the two members work together.
I approach each of them informally and ask what’s going on.
I call them together and insist they behave properly.
I call them together in a private space and ask them to explain the source of their disagreements so I can help them repair their relationship.
I decide it’s better to do nothing. They’re adults, they must work their way through their differences.
Do you encourage people to discuss their problems with you at work:
I believe people should manage their own problems, as I do.
I can only help with someone else’s problems if I’ve experienced them myself.
I deal with work problems. Personal ones should be dealt with at home.
I listen to their problems and advise them where to seek help.
I’m happy to help with business and personal issues.
Your team has to present your last quarter sales and profit figures to the management board. Although you’re a good leader, you’re not as comfortable with numbers as your colleagues. How do you handle that:
I have no problem with appointing another member of the team to give the presentation.
I’ll rehearse the presentation thoroughly in the hope that I can grasp the details.
I’ll suggest that questions should be held over till the end of the presentation then answered by my colleagues.
If I’m faced with any questions I can’t answer, I’ll ask one of my colleagues to step in.
I don’t think my weakness with numbers is an issue.
How much time at the end of an average day do you spend self-reflecting - thinking about your job and life in general:
An hour or more
Less than 15 minutes
None. I’m too busy to spend time thinking about myself
I only self-reflect if I’m anxious about a decision I made or may have to make
How do you learn best:
I have a mentor, a senior person who advises me.
I make the most progress as part of a team handling assignments under their guidance.
I engage a co-worker on the same level as me.
I read books and blogs, and do courses.
I reflect on past experiences.
What’s the most effective way you, as a team leader, would change the way your team works:
Brief the senior member of your team and ask them to inform the others.
Bring them all together and discuss the shortcomings of our current system and demonstrate and debate the improvements available with the new one.
Email a document explaining how the new system works better than the old one. Invite team members to comment.
If I have to change the way we work to improve our performance, I simply issue instructions and expect them to be followed.
Invite everyone out for drinks after work and explain it then.