Peter A Allard School of Law

Emotional Intelligence (EQ)

"What makes people valuable as technology advances ... is discerning what some other person is thinking and feeling, and responding in some appropriate way"
                 - Michael Mills, Lawyer and Officer of Neota Logic

Emotional Intelligence, or "EQ" has been defined as the capacity to reason about emotions, reflect and regulate emotions in order to promote emotional and intellectual growth. (Mayver & Salovey 2007). 

Using insight gained from academic research, Allard staff, legal professionals and other students, Allard Wellbeing has developed a program to help students better understand EQ, diagnose areas in need of improvement, and discover tools that can help improve a students EQ.

The process to begin your understanding of emotional intelligence, as well as how to assess and improve your emotional intelligence is as follows: 

  1. Diagnostic – Assessing the State of your EQ
  2. Score Interpretation & Identifying Areas of Growth
  3. Growth & Development – Application of Tools


‘With so many competing products and services that look alike in the mind of the customer, it will be the emotional intelligence embedded in the experience that will become the final differentiator”

 - Ronda Muir - Beyond Smart: Lawyering with Emotional Intelligence


The goals for this program are to help students develop their EQ and, in doing so, achieve the following outcomes:

  • Increasing awareness and the ability to recognize ongoing thoughts and feelings as they arise
  • Building skills and response mechanisms to address thoughts and feelings, helping control and regulate emotions
  • Accurately perceiving verbal and non-verbal expressions of emotions in oneself and others
  • Learning how to use emotions to overcome adversity, achieve personal, academic and professional goals, and build meaningful relationships

Below, you will find a brief outline of the process. When you are ready to begin, please view the EQ Workbook and the EQ + LAW webpage. 



The program contains 6 steps the EQ workbook will guide you through:

  1. Complete the EQ assessment
  2. Fill out your scores in the respective categories
  3. Interpret your score
  4. Rank each category of EQ on an overall level of priority (1st to 3rd)
  5. Select some tools to develop your EQ
  6. Repeat steps 4-6 and track progress

Please contact the Student Wellbeing Counsellor at anytime with any questions!

EQ development tool has been created and compiled by:

(Left to Right) Christine Yan, Anna Kline and Vishay Sharma



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