Coach Michelle Cubas’ Special Report: Emotional Intelligence Overview of the Political Candidates
Disclaimer: On the surface without candidates actually taking the EQ-i 2.0™ assessment, these are my observations of their behavior during debates and on TV. I have drawn from several sources including MHS Reports and the EQ-i 2.0 assessment, Tony Alessandra’s Platinum Rule, and my certification as an Emotional Intelligence facilitator. Results are based strictly on observable traits. I have not met them personally.
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These are the common themes and perspectives that emanate from the observable styles.
While reading, consider how these angles influence one’s perception of a place in the world. Please refer to the chart below, especially inter- and intra-personal categories, decision making, impulse control, and social responsibility. I am eager to see your additions to the chart!
Here are a few:
|Negative World view
|Positive World view
|Candidate comes from a deficit or “lack” position. Implication is I better take my portion before someone else gets to it. This is a hoarding mentality. I worked for mine and you can’t have any.
|Candidate comes from an abundance perspective. Implication is there is enough to share and go around.
|None to low risk tolerance
|Reasonable, calculated risk threshhold
|Hubris, demagogue, power centered, reactive, impulse without filters.
|Confident, leadership by example, inclusive and co-active, retains personal power and shares energy of the team, awareness of one’s impact on others filter.
|Ego prevents team input, low empathy, selfish
|Heart, embraces team input, high empathy
|High Confirmation bias
|Low to Moderate Confirmation bias
|Goal is to have power over others
|Goal is best in class mentality
|Everyone for themselves
|For the good of the house
|Pessimistic of future
|Optimistic of future
Measures of Emotional Intelligence
|Triangle, square, circle
|Square, square, triangle
|Triangle, circle, square
|Square, square, square
|Squiggly, triangle, circle
|Square, squiggly, triangle
|Square, triangle, triangle
|Square, triangle, circle
|Squiggly, square, triangle
|Dr. Ben Carson
|Triangle, circle, triangle
|Circle, triangle, triangle
Take this self-assessment based on four basic styles based on a handwriting analysis:
Instructions—Use a sheet of paper and fold it top down in half.
In each half, draw these four shapes—
- Squiggly line
Now, number the shapes in any order from 1-4.
Repeat the shapes in the lower portion, and number,
in any order, from 1-4.
Results: The top portion is a persona we show outwardly. The lower portion is what can show up under stress.
These are not personality types. They are observable behaviors and do not reflect gender.
Who Are You?
Director—This style wants control and pushes to the head of the line to get it. They are quick to decide, outgoing, poor listeners, unflappable, because they know everything, fast-paced, assertive, accomplish tasks, and command an audience. Like socializers they are a quick study, driven and stop at nothing to get results, admire efficiency, and demand competence. This is a hard style to provide input and feedback. When working with a Square understand they are abrupt, bordering on rude, have little patience for social “rules”, and dislikes slow paced people. Socializers make them nervous, because they see deftness on their feet as unpredictable. Square
Socializer—Don’t be fooled by the ease these enthusiastic leaders present to their teams. They want excitement and recognition; they prefer a lot of personal interaction; they are a quick study, and dazzle an audience. They are outgoing, fast-paced, quick to decide, assertive, value personal relationships, talks about big dreams, and supports their concepts with colorful language to create a vision. Socializers drive squares crazy, because the squares underestimate the ease with light in the loafers. Not at all. These people a instinctive connectors and networkers. Squiggly line
Relater—Support this style. They want to contribute but not lead, appear quiet but they are thinking; highly sensitive and often shy, they need a lot of input to feel confident. Slow to decide, their personal relationships are immensely important to them. Their sincerity and warmth are welcome on teams. They project genuine concern for others’ comfort. When working with a Circle, invite them to participate without having them stand apart. Don’t yell at a Circle.
Thinker—Logic rules this style. They seek order, sequence, policies and procedures, compliance, law and order, and quiet uninterrupted time to do their work. This style pokes holes in everything because they consider both sides of an issue. That’s why they are slow to decide. Known to accomplish tasks effectively, thinkers get results through accuracy and their plodding time management. This style cannot be rushed. They prefer little personal interaction, so give the assignment and do not micromanage them. When working with a thinker be prepared, do your research, and be thorough with details. Bullying reduces the triangle’s effectiveness and they will not respond well. Triangle