Research Highlights - December 2018

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Swiss researchers have devised an emotional intelligence test that measures emotional competencies at work.  Known as the Geneva Emotional Competence Test (or GECO), it is now available for research purposes and commercial use and you can read all about the results in the Journal of Applied Psychology.

The importance of emotional intelligence is widely acknowledged by executives, psychologists and business gurus.  When it comes to recognizing and understanding emotions, regulating one’s own feelings or managing those of others, emotional intelligence can be as important as judgment or integrity to ensuring one’s success.  But, up to now, there has never been a test that was entirely based on scientific findings and empirically validated for measuring these skills within the specific context of work and the standards that govern work. 

That’s important, because someone may behave in a totally different way with their family than they do at work.  They might be authoritarian in one environment and submissive in another.  That’s why the researchers were so keen to develop an emotional intelligence test focusing exclusively on situations specific to the professional environment.  The aim was to assess a person’s skills in this area and provide both individuals and organizations with a scientifically-based description that could help:

  • In personal development.
  • In hiring the right candidate for a job.
  • In giving the right job to a specific person.

The Geneva Emotional Competence Test consists of four subtests for evaluating the different parts of emotional intelligence, namely:

  • Understanding emotions
  • Recognizing emotions
  • Regulating one’s own emotions
  • Managing other people’s emotions

Its developers concentrated on problematic situations that involve negative emotions, such as fear, sadness, anger and Schadenfreude.  GECO results were controlled and validated by additional tests, and they are very convincing.
The more emotional intelligence skills you have and the better those skills are, the better your work outcomes are, above and beyond your cognitive intelligence or personality.  The researchers also found that a superior ability to regulate one’s own...

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