Recap – The Five Domains of Emotional Intelligence



Each Emotional Intelligence domain (Self-Perception, Self-Expression, Interpersonal, Decision Making, and Stress Management) provides you a rich context about how you think, feel, and act. We can all learn to alter behavior. The first step into altering that behavior is knowing what that behavior is and what a better behavior looks like. Each post on the specific domain provides you with more insight into that domain and the associated sub-scales. Each sub-scale has a recommended activity to yield more clarity and definition.

Stay tuned for a workbook that you will be able to download. It will lead you through a series of exercises to help you gain insight about your unique leadership journey.


Self-Perception Domain

Having a solid understanding of yourself, your emotions and your inner life allows you to better express thoughts and feelings.

Self-Perception Composite




  • May not be in touch with feelings
  • May lack inner strength and confidence
  • Emotions may elude or confuse them
  • May not understand emotional landscape
  • May not make good use of abilities
  • Feels good about oneself
  • Feels positive about life
  • In touch with own emotions
  • Recognizes and predicts emotions
  • Detects nuances between different motions

Self-Perception Blog Post

Self-Expression Domain

Being able to openly and honestly express your true thoughts and feelings enables you to have healthy relationships and interactions built on trust.

Self-Expression Composite



  • Struggles to express own thoughts and feelings
  • May be emotionally dependent
  • May find it hard to describe how one feels
  • Expression of emotion may not be constructive
  • May refrain from sharing thoughts and beliefs
  • Free from emotional dependency on others
  • Constructively expresses thoughts and emotions
  • Can describe and articulate how one feels
  • Openly and confidently expresses oneself
  • Self-directed

Self-Expression Blog Post

Interpersonal Domain

A healthy network of relationships gives you greater resources from which to gather information and process it accordingly and seek feedback in order to arrive at optimal solutions.

Interpersonal Composite



  • May lack appropriate social skills; withdrawn
  • May struggle to understand or relate to others
  • May not see how own emotions affect others
  • Relationships may be of lower quality or depth
  • May not be sensitive to the feelings of others
  • Seeks and maintains high-caliber relationships
  • Sensitive to and cares for the needs of others
  • Can predict how own emotions affect others
  • Sociable, easy to approach
  • Feels a responsibility to contribute to society, one’s social group or team

Interpersonal Blog Post

Decision Making Domain

Feeling competent, calm and grounded in your ability to use emotional information to make decisions renders you better equipped to deal with everyday stress, without being derailed by emotions.

Decision Making Composite



  • May not use emotional information effectively
  • Emotions may hinder decision making
  • May fall victim to rash behaviors/decisions
  • Could struggle to remain objective
  • May be derailed or biased by emotions
  • Leverages emotional information to make decisions
  • Seeks and maintains high-caliber relationships
  • Finds good ways of arriving at a solution
  • Grounded; able to objectively size up a situation
  • Can separate emotion-driven assumptions from fact
  • Resists or delays impulses to act; methodical

Decision Making Blog Post

Stress Management Domain

Feeling resilient in the face of adversity and armed with an arsenal of coping strategies heightens feelings of self-security, confidence and a deeper understanding of yourself and your strengths.

Stress Management Composite



  • Struggle when faced with stress or change
  • May often feel anxious or stressed
  • May be rooted in tradition; resistant to change
  • Pessimistic about the future
  • Less hopeful and resilient
  • Calm and works well under pressure
  • Resilient; draws from multiple coping strategies
  • Optimistic about the future
  • Cope well with the emotions associated with change and stress
  • Adaptive; view change as a positive thing

Stress Management Blog Post