DISC + EIQ-2 = Emotional Agility

Adam Stamm

Increase Emotional Agility with EIQ-2 & DISC

Emotional Agility is the ability to recognize and navigate our current emotional state. Since the 1990s, Emotional Intelligence assessments and training programs have shown that they can help learners become more emotionally agile.

The ability for individuals to identify their emotional state and then choose how to act can save a conflict from turning destructive. Additionally, it is shown to improve more rational decision-making or help anyone develop a persevering mindset.

By combining an emotional intelligence training program with DISC, learners are able to use a rememberable tool to help them become more emotionally agile.

In this article, we will outline how these two programs complement each other. 

How DISC Helps us identify our EQ

DISC is widely known as a personality assessment because it identifies a person’s common behaviors.

The tool measures a person on two scales:

  • Whether someone is more trusting or agreeable to their environment.
  • If a person prefers to be more thoughtful and careful or if they prefer to more often go with their gut and make bold choices.
What is DISC - horizontal DISC Styles
What is DISC - vertical DISC Style

A DISC assessment asks a learner 28 questions to identify their DISC Style. A person will be ranked on four scales:

  • Dominance – D Personality Type: This personality type enjoys solving challenges. They are decisive and won’t shy away from taking risks. They fear being taken advantage of and lacking control.
  • Influence – I Personality Type: A person with this personality type is social and seeks out friendly environments. They are naturally optimistic and trusting. They fear being left out and losing the approval of others.
  • Steadiness – S Personality Type: This person prefers stability. They are patient and depended on for their calm demeanor. They fear a sudden change or loss of stability and security.
  • Conscientious – C Personality Type: An individual with this style prefers to have rules to follow. They are cautious and careful when making decisions. They fear being criticized and not being accurate or producing poor-quality projects.

While our DISC Personality Style won’t tell us how emotionally intelligent we are, it can help us identify situations where we might react poorly.

DISC provides a roadmap for our environmental needs and fears. We can use DISC to have a general idea of what might make us feel attacked, stressed, or uncomfortable.

To take this process to the next level, we can combine the insights from DISC and understand our current emotional intelligence foundation by taking the EIQ-2 assessment.

Combining EIQ-2 & DISC Insights for greater self-awareness

DISC can help anyone start down the road towards great self-awareness and becoming more emotionally agile. The strength of DISC is that its a language for describing behavior and identifying emotional needs that can translate well with other tools.

As an example, a person with an IS style, is highly social and prefers working in a team environment. If this person works as a manager and needs to give critical feedback to an employee, they might feel stressed.

DISC and Emotional Intelligence
DISC can help improve emotional intelligence

When reviewing their EIQ-2 assessment, we can see that they were assessed with a high level of emotional intelligence when managing their feelings during social situations. We can use both assessments to help dig deeper into their results.

First, we can ask them to think about how they would approach providing performance feedback with each different DISC Style.

This exercise could be done by asking them to recall past experiences with people on their team whose DISC style they know, or it could be done by creating ‘fictitious’ members with the different DISC Styles.

Next, we can ask them to recall how they might feel if their approach is rebuffed. How would they respond to someone who challenges their feedback? How would they respond to someone who indicates they are hurt by their feedback?

This process sets a learner up to process their own behavioral responses through their DISC results and also think critically about how they manage their emotional responses during specific situations. Through these conversations, a learner will improve their emotional agility.

They are taking the insights from their personal EQ perspective and applying them to specific situations that matter in their professional life.

Improve Emotional Agility with EIQ-2 + DISC

We believe in the power that is afforded to anyone who improves their emotional agility. For that reason, we offer a discounted price for anyone who wants to take both a DISC Basic and an EIQ-2 assessment.