Quotients and it's Types by Bhavleen Kaur Sethi

The quotient is a metric for evaluating a person's capacity to respond to various life circumstances. These difficulties include emotional instability, focus-intensive activities, aptitude tests that assess our capacity for logic and reasoning, as well as a variety of other things we perform on a regular basis. Humans have always been curious to evaluate their potential in relation to others. Therefore, the numerous quotients aid in providing a realistic picture of a person's aptitude.

       Based on psychological testing, quotient is a commonly used measurement of a person's level of intelligence, emotion, creativity, etc. The Intelligence Quotient may have been the beginning of the human quotients, but they have since developed into its most contemporary form, the Genius Quotient. The other quotients identify additional critical information about yourself that you should be aware of, such as how well you manage emotions, deal with adversity, apply a creative mentality, communicate with others, and learn new things, in addition to your degree of intelligence. Knowing more about who you are and how you interact with others will help you build stronger relationships and perhaps achieve more success in life.

Different Types of Quotients:

Decency Quotient: 

DQ stands for ensuring that everyone feels respected and valued at work and wants something good for everyone. For CEOs, decency is just as crucial as intelligence, according to his article in the Harvard Business Review. DQ suggests that a person not only has empathy for peers and employees, but also a sincere desire to take good care of them.

           In today's workplace, the Decency Quotient (DQ) is just as significant as the EQ and IQ (intelligence quotient). Decency quotient becomes a crucial quality that employers would seek for in candidates due to growing competition, the gig economy, and hybrid work environments. Maintaining a specific level of behaviour reveals a significant amount about the culture of an organisation. The typical employee age range in today's startups is often 25 to 40 years old. The workplace culture of the future will be shaped by the ideals they bring to the workplace. Therefore, it is crucial to emphasise DQ in addition to IQ and EQ in order to foster a productive workplace.

Importance of Decency Quotient (DQ):

Employee Morale: Employee morale can be raised by communicating and interacting with fundamental decency. It encourages the team's emotional safety. It promotes empathy and trust among coworkers as well as between an employee and their employer. If managers and leaders treat their staff members fairly, this will improve the team's sense of security, trust, and compassion, which will foster care and respect and enhance the environment at work. Nothing else will matter if there isn't at least some basic trust. 

Productivity: When an organisation's morale is high, teamwork and cooperation are effective and fruitful. It encourages workers to be sincere, devoted, upbeat, and diligent. Work is completed honestly and in accordance with the organisation's targets, goals, and values. Employees who feel appreciated are more likely to put in the necessary time to produce quality results. Thus, Basic decency is the foundation of everything.

Future leaders: An intriguing aspect of DQ is that it is essential in developing stronger future leaders. When morality, ethics, and decency are emphasised, those who rise to leadership positions will do so by setting a good example for others. It creates a cycle of beneficial effects. Employees won't respect their management, for instance, if respect is a core value but leaders frequently make unreasonable requests or act dismissively. There won't be much incentive to put forth extra effort or be trustworthy. Additionally, there is a large trickle-down impact. A sincere desire to constantly lead in the manner in which they have been led will exist. Because followers often imitate their leaders, teams and entire organisations can succeed or fail. For delicate issues like layoffs, decency is also a vital principle. The emotional response from the employee depends on the leader's approach, which must include some degree of empathy. An employee's world can fall apart as a result of a layoff. If not handled properly, the consequences can be severe.

Company Culture: When all teammates, coworkers, and leaders exhibit high DQ conduct, a favourable environment and culture are created. It improves workplace happiness at the business. Everyone abides by social standards and possesses these fundamental humanitarian qualities. When this approach is used at work, it improves morale, encourages sincere effort, and even helps to build a positive reputation for the business. Instead of giving us justifications for taking time off or reporting sick, employees look forward to coming into the workplace. Employees are more trustworthy and devoted, which improves the protection of company assets. Additionally, over time, it results in lower attrition rates.

Business Success: The most crucial of all results is company success. Businesses are significantly impacted when organisations adopt and foster a high decency quotient culture. Better management, higher employee morale, and a favourable culture are necessary to assure improved productivity, high sales, and first-rate customer service.

Decency in Leadership is a Competitive Advantage:

Decency must come on top. More than ever, leaders and managers must set a good example of this kind of behaviour since polarising forces from without are working against us. Many people do feel as though the world is an awful place. Employees are naive to assume they can leave their emotions at the door, and it is difficult for them to do so. 

          To foster a feeling of shared purpose and enable the manifestation of shared values at work, leaders with DQ will be better able to handle what is seeping into the workplace from the outside. The workforce will then understand that the boss always has their best interests in mind. People do want to work for honourable people, and they will do their utmost to support those leaders. Although it can be a vital component of a successful business plan, decency is fundamentally a moral necessity. Since diverse teams are associated with innovation, there is one caveat that should be noted. A heterogeneous team must have a sense of unity among its members. To cooperate toward a common objective, each and every member must bring their actual selves and be at their best. If they don't, people won't feel truly supported and respected, and when that happens, a team can easily become dysfunctional.

           DQ does suggest that a leader has the most sincere desire to act morally for others. DQ is most evident in a manager's regular interactions with other people and in defining company goals that meet financial targets and enhance lives.

It goes without saying that we do need leaders who can use their complete range of cognitive abilities and reason logically under all circumstances. We also need leaders that are very sensitive to the emotions of their teams. A leader's ability to use IQ and EQ and show a commitment to performing decently can be a crucial component of a winning company plan. When they are confident that their leaders have their best interests at heart, employees do trust and confide in them. Being deliberate about decency will only encourage adherence, participation, collaboration, and invention. Any organisation that is serious about being successful in the future needs to do this.

Team Quotient: 

An Individual can make a difference, but a team can make a miracle.

The significance of "them" is acknowledged by Team Quotient. A High Performance Team has the ability to produce outstanding results for an organisation. Success of a team elevates the talent and brilliance of the leader. When everyone on the team is motivated by goals that are perfectly aligned with one another and is aware of the most crucial factors, success will follow. 

            The crucial characteristics that "successful" teams have are identified by Team Quotient. They all understand that concentrating on the achievement of the team results in success for each person. Additionally, it is the best approach to stand out within the company. It represents a fresh method for the team to see intelligence.

            Team Quotient tracks a team's progress over time and pinpoints the actions necessary for success. TQ measures the extent to which a team functions as an effective High Performance Team. It's an unique technique to assess a team's collective IQ. TQ is a quick and simple method for evaluating the team's present condition and outlining a course for achieving its ideal future condition. It creates a diagnosis of team improvement areas and neutralises the process, eliminating speculation and subjectivity.

The High Performance Team (HPT) Journey in Two Steps:

Depending on the team's existing status and the members' aspirations, bringing a team to high performance requires a long-term journey that can last between one and two years:

STEP 1: Transform: the team culture by evaluating it. 

Step 2: Integration: Embed, Renew, and Certify 

There are two main milestones or stages on the path to becoming a High Performance Team: The goal of "transform" is to identify the current state and desired future state of the team before establishing a new team culture. 

In order to eventually achieve the state of High Performance, "Integrate" discusses how to maintain and integrate the new team culture into the wider team or organisation back at the office or plant.

The team must build and embody the Eight Essential Elements of a High Performance (or High TQ) Team in order to Transform and Integrate. These eight characteristics of a high performance team are based on interviews with more than 100 leadership teams conducted over a 15-year period. We have reduced the findings into eight components, which are represented by the acronym VIVRE FAT:

Vision Identity Values Results Effective Fun Aligned Trust

Types of Team Quotient:

Collective TQ: Collective TQ evaluates a team's capacity to function as a high-performance unit.

A group that has a strong collective TQ: 

  • Deliver results consistently and successfully. 

  • Aligns its positions, goals, and cooperative efforts. 

  • Leads engaging, successful, and productive meetings. 

  • Has a high level of trust and provides honest comments. 

  • Is aware of what matters and conducts themselves in line with its principles. 

  • It has great relationships with team members, is highly driven, and enjoys working as a team.

Personal TQ: Personal TQ measures how well each team member contributes to the group.

Team members with a high personal TQ: 

  • Develop their communication skills in the context of a team. 

  • Place a strong emphasis on collaboration and teamwork. 

  • Be well-versed in the styles, preferences, aptitudes, and areas for growth of other team members. 

  • Participate actively in the debate and involve other team members. 

  • Are prepared to challenge when necessary, but not to the extent that it leads to interpersonal conflict. 

  • Show others appreciation on a regular basis and encourage their candid feedback to help them develop.


All team members must improve their personal TQ in order to reach high performance and raise the team's overall TQ. High and well-developed personal TQ is not just a trait of leaders. Personal TQ is a learned skill that needs regular practise, feedback, and self-correction. It is not a natural trait. 

        Teams in successful sports have high TQ. High TQ team members have a strong sense of obligation to one another. They use the collective intelligence of the team to collaborate effectively and produce exceptional results.

          Whether your team is currently functioning poorly or is already productive, Team Quotient will give you a clear and practical road map for improving it.

Emotional Intelligence Quotient: 

It deals with how individuals manage their feelings and emotions while observing social signs and engaging with others. It concerns a person's capacity for self-control over their range of possible emotions, including tension, annoyance, anger, and joy. The Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test is the most widely utilised evaluation for calculating an individual's EQ score. Based on the answers given to test questions, it calculates a person's overall emotional intelligence. EQ assessments are useful, although they are not nearly as common as assessments of general IQ.

           One of the key components of emotional intelligence is stress management. It mostly relies on whether a particular person allows their emotions to influence their judgement and crucial life decisions. For children to maintain mental health throughout their lives, they must begin to distinguish between their feelings and the realities of life. The need for raising children's emotional intelligence is further increased by the development in mental disorders including depression, anxiety, and OCD, as well as rising stress levels, hectic schedules, and the pressure of the rat race.

“IQ determines intelligence, but EQ determines the type of person you are.”

Spiritual Quotient:

"Spiritual intelligence is central and most fundamental of all the intelligence since it serves as the foundation for all other forms of intelligence." says Stephen Covey.

          Daniel Goleman first used the phrase "Spiritual Quotient" in the middle of the 1990s, but Danah Zohar first proposed the concept of "Spiritual Intelligence," exploring it in her book ReWiring the Corporate Brain. The ability to connect with one's spiritual side is referred to as the "quotient," and some persons are more naturally spiritually inclined than others. Unfortunately, despite the fact that people are spiritual beings, not everyone emphasises practises like meditation that promote spiritual wellness. One of the most popular tests for calculating a person's Spiritual Intelligence score is the SQ21.

         A person's spirituality or level of self-awareness is measured by the Spiritual Quotient. First of all, spirituality relies on the notion of being in touch with your inner self and is not attached to any one religion or group of people. A spiritual person is sensitive of their consciousness, which promotes inner calm. A person's level of spirituality is much more closely related to how happy, content, and humble they are in life. The spiritual element has a definite meaning that parents must comprehend and impart to their children.

         The combination of the intellectual and emotional quotients is known as the spiritual quotient (SQ). It can be formulated mathematically as:

Spiritual quotient (SQ) = Intellectual quotient (IQ) + Emotional Quotient (EQ)

Creative Quotient:

The Creativity Quotient uses ideation and fluency to assess a person's level of creativity. Although Graham Wallas and Max Wertheimer led the way in the early 1900s in the fight for creative cognitive processes, the Creativity Quotient didn't exist until 2004. It was first used by a team of Australian academics, and it has everything to do with how people connect various ideas. However, because the majority of the existing tests are thought to be overly objective, there is no standard evaluation for the quotient.

         The creative quotient measures an individual's capacity for original thought. Any person can be creative if they have the ability to come up with original answers to problems that are not obvious ones. It's crucial to realise that creativity isn't just useful in the arts; it can also be used to solve problems, innovate, come up with new sustainable business models, and challenge established practises that don't benefit any organisations or businesses at all.

Adversity Quotient:

The Adversity Quotient assesses a person's capacity for dealing with difficulty on a daily basis. Everyone experiences difficulties and obstacles, but some people are more capable of handling them than others. This quotient was created by Paul Soltz, who used the phrase in his book Adversity Quotient: Turning Obstacles Into Opportunities in 1997. The quotient is important for all other quotients, such as IQ, EQ, and CQ, because it puts people who experience many hardships at a disadvantage compared to people who are born into loving, secure, and stable situations. To imply that those who are disadvantaged cannot overcome adversity is not accurate. This quotient was created to measure how well people from various walks of life can deal with adversity and adapt to their circumstances. 

         The AQ has an impact on students' capacity to learn mathematics, according to W Hidayat. As a result, it is frequently referred to as the "Science of Resilience". The AQ is crucial in life because it enables us to make wise choices when faced with challenging circumstances. The AQ is also a crucial element of emotional intelligence (EQ). This kind of intelligence is crucial when we have to put our thoughts into action due to environmental changes. Parents naturally and understandably want to keep their children happy and protect them from any bad influences. However, it's also crucial to prepare kids for the difficulties they will experience in everyday life.

         AQ makes a judgement about who will give up in the face of difficulties and may leave their family. Many professionally successful individuals are struggling with depression in the recent Corona environment. They are unprepared for adversity since they haven't seen it.

According to Socrates' proverb, "Know Thyself," each stage of life requires evaluation of the aforementioned qualities. Similar to how all topics are significant in school, the aforementioned areas are equally weighted in the assessment of intelligence. These intelligence tests assist people in choosing the best careers as well as helping them understand their personalities. Covering all of the aforementioned aspects will assist us in developing our unique persona. Additionally, it aids in our preparation for both interviews and the difficulties we might encounter in our professional lives.

You know very well who you are. Don’t let em hold you down. Reach for the stars.” — Biggie Smalls

So let's enjoy the little things while going towards life. Let's strive to use every quotient in order to accomplish big things in life.