Can you gauge your Emotional Intelligence Quotient on the web for nothing? Sue Weekes puts a selection of free EQ-testing websites through their paces.
As a well-adjusted, team-playing, empathic individual, I figured there wouldn't be much lacking in my Emotional Intelligence Quotient (EIQ).
I had managed editorial teams for several years and, publishing being a creative industry, it had inevitably brought me into contact with some strange hybrid types - brilliant writers whose prose was completely at odds with their displaced personalities and suede shoes and fascist sub-editors who make Mussolini look like the Andrex puppy.
As a managing editor sitting betwixt and between the above and the shopfloor, however, I always felt I'd made the best of a bad job and was a popular manager who people responded to.
If I had a self-criticism, it was my need to remain popular with the troops - I was once told I would never amount to much at management level because I couldn't go out there and sack half the team.
So could an online EIQ test teach me anything about myself? Could it make me a better manager? Could it, maybe, make me even more popular with my workmates?
Well, first off, there's no shortage of places to go online to explore your EIQ. Exponents of Daniel Goleman's theories on the importance of emotional intelligence in the workplace have done a good job of populating the Web, with EQ tests to be found everywhere: on management consultancy pages to women's online community sites.
I began my quest at the Turnkett Leadership's site at www.leadershipcharacter.com/eq_quiz2.htm
The relatively short test took less than 15 minutes to do and my options were to strongly agree, moderately agree, have no opinion, moderately disagree or strongly disagree with each question.
Disappointingly, it didn't develop much beyond a straightforward personality test, beginning with questions like, "Would you describe yourself as soft-hearted?" and building to a barely challenging "When I'm upse