State of the Heart
EQ Research

The global benchmark for emotional intelligence since 2011

How is the world’s emotional intelligence (EQ)?

State of the Heart has tracked the changing trends in emotional intelligence (EQ) since 2011. Drawing on a large global dataset from over 125 countries, State of the Heart uses a randomized sample balanced by geography, gender, and age.

This analysis mines the world’s most complete EQ dataset from the SEI, or Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence Assessment. The SEI toolset includes 4 different assessments and over 25 report options, providing a comprehensive system for leveraging emotional intelligence – in 22+ languages.

2021: Volatility in the Pandemic Shadow

The latest State of the Heart findings focus on 2014-2020 trends and their implications for businesses, schools, and communities as we build back better. The 2021 findings will be released throughout the year; subscribe here to be notified of each new release.

The first findings reveal a concerning shift in key capabilities related to EQ… and urgently needed in the workplace.The article, Leading in a Hybrid Workplace, highlights the implications of these changing capabilities for business leaders.

Here’s an overview of emotional intelligence trends during 2020: How Did the Pandemic Impact People’s Emotional Intelligence? 3 Key Insights

The overall decline in emotional intelligence is alarming, but as the graph shows, prior to the pandemic the story was improving.

The 2021 analysis from the State of the Heart study is based on a randomized global sample starting from a pool of 127,645 people. The researchers then extracted a sample of 20,160 people from 129 countries, balanced by global region, age, gender. The sample includes other categories such as job role, industry, division, and more.

2018: High EQ & World Health Org Wellbeing

A highlight of the 2018 State of the Heart Report (available here) was correlating national-average emotional intelligence scores with WHO data on wellbeing. Some people question the value of self-assessment — these findings show there’s a real-world correlation with global significance.

This graph shows countries in the State of the Heart database matched to countries & territories with a
Wellbeing Metric, a summary of data from the World Health Organization and other sources (see page 13 of the report).

The EQ competency most closely correlated with the Wellbeing Metric is Navigate Emotions (harnessing & utilizing feelings to move forward intentionally). Countries with higher scores are shown in darker colors.

The SEI assessment includes a self-reported Wellbeing Outcome score, indicated by the size of each bubble. This smaller bubbles in the low- er left and larger in upper right shows that the self-reported SEI Wellbeing score is correlated with the national Wellbeing Metric and with EQ.

 

 

 

2018: Worldwide Decisions & Impacts

The 2018 State of the Heart Research also explored the impact on DECISIONS MAKING and emotional intelligence supports people to make decisions that create a higher level of satisfaction.

We also explored the role of emotional intelligence in building strong communities, showing how learned “Brain Style” affects decisions.

Another topic was GROWTH and the role of emotional intelligence in sustaining a commitment to learning and development.

The report also includes regional reports to zoom into specific parts of the world.

 

Previous Research

If you would like to see State of the Heart reports from before 2018, feel free to contact us

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