Emotional Intelligence & the McQuaig Psychometric System

Emotional Intelligence from The McQuaig Psychometric System from HolstBehaviours often trigger emotions. Behaviours come in two forms – learned and natural.  Natural behaviours result from our core temperament traits which can change temporarily, whereas learned behaviours can change permanently.

What is Emotional Intelligence (EQ or EI)?

Emotional intelligence (EI) is the ability to:

  • monitor one’s own and other people’s emotions.
  • discriminate between different emotions and label them appropriately.
  • use emotional information to guide thinking and behaviour.

(Source: Wikipedia)

There are four main domains of EI:

The Four Domains of Emotional Intelligence(Source: D. Goleman)

What is The McQuaig Psychometric System?

It’s a unique self-awareness and self-development tool.

The McQuaig Word Survey measures four personality traits and their opposites.  These capture core aspects of the widely established “big five” personality factors.

Particular traits which are described as characteristics of the four domains of EI are either described by the McQuaig Word Survey as temperament traits (e.g. reliability, achievement orientation, optimism, conscientiousness, change catalyst, influence, building bonds, teamwork and collaboration etc.) or they may be determined through an appropriate learned behaviours questionnaire (interview questions) as provided by the McQuaig Psychometric System (e.g. self-confidence, initiative etc.)

The McQuaig Psychometric System allows the user to determine which EI domains result from the innate temperament of a candidate.  The interviewer can use the interview questions from The McQuaig Word Survey to identify learned behaviours which are found in EI domains.

How the McQuaig Psychometric System can help you improve your EI

“Self-awareness is the foundation for achieving higher levels of performance. Highly successful people are not necessarily blessed with a higher intellect or more charisma than others, but they do know how to make the best use of their talents and how to avoid the pitfalls that could limit their success…” (McQuaig Psychometric System)

The McQuaig Self Development Survey provides a personalised report of strengths and potential developmental areas depending on the needs of the role, professional goals and personal aspirations. This guides the individual through a comprehensive process to optimise their strengths and improve potential developmental areas e.g. develop communication skills, influencing skills, leadership skills etc. This approach results to the improvement of EI domains.

In using the recommended interview questions provided by the McQuaig Word Survey, one can understand in depth the most important learned behaviours and also their significance for success in a role. The questions allow an individual to make a self-assessment and recognise their particular learned behaviours.

The McQuaig Psychometric System is ideally suited to develop self-awareness and improve behaviours which are relevant to the four domains of EI. It is widely recognised that behaviours can trigger emotions. If we improve our behaviours we are likely to increase our Emotional Intelligence.

Ioannis GousgounisAbout the author: 
Ioannis Gousgounis is the owner and founder of SUCCESSKeysGR. Ioannis is an Accredited McQuaig Interpreter, a Certified McQuaig Psychometric System Trainer and a Consulting Partner to Holst (European Distributor of the McQuaig Psychometric System) covering Greece and Cyprus.

To contact Ioannis email info@success-keys.gr (attn: IG) or call at +30 6944141114


To find out more about the McQuaig Psychometric System visit www.mcquaig.co.uk or call 0203 111 9292.