DISCflex Develops Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence is fast becoming recognised as a crucial ingredient in leadership. The good news is that it can be learned and improved at any age, and you can engage tools such as DISCflex to develop it.

The concept of emotional intelligence has been around since the early 90s. Two psychology professors, John D. Mayer of UNH and Peter Salovey of Yale, first coined the term in 1990, and Mayer later defined it as:

‘… the ability to accurately perceive your own and others’ emotions; to understand the signals that emotions send about relationships; and to manage your own and others’ emotions …’

Why is Emotional Intelligence Important?

Rutgers psychologist Daniel Goleman established the importance of emotional intelligence to business leadership in an HBR article “What Makes a Leader”:

“The most effective leaders are all alike in one crucial way: they all have a high degree of what has come to be known as emotional intelligence,” Goleman wrote. “Without it, a person can have the best training in the world, an incisive, analytical mind, and an endless supply of smart ideas, but he still won’t make a great leader.”

Goleman identified the five components of emotional intelligence that enable individuals to recognise, connect with, and learn from their own and other people’s mental states as:

• Self-awareness

• Self-regulation

• Motivation (defined as “a passion for work that goes beyond money and status”)

• Empathy for others

• Social skills, such as proficiency in managing relationships and building networks

How Does DISCflex help?

An article published recently by The Journal of Organizational Psychology shows that using DISCflex to develop emotional intelligence leads to higher job satisfaction and job performance.

Written by Dr. Bryan Forsyth, Brian Mitchell, and Indaba’s very own Hellen Davis and Alex Fryer, the idea and the model were born when Dr. Forsyth wanted to examine how DISC related to emotional intelligence, job satisfaction, and job performance. Dr. Forsyth organised the team and research effort. You can read the original article here.

Assess to Succeed is an international distributor of DISCflex. If you’d like to find out more about how Emotional Intelligence can benefit your organisation, contact one of our friendly distributors today.