EASEQuadrant is a matrix for emotionally intelligent leadership; a structure which forms the basis for Dr. Gosling’s Emotional Leader Program (ELPro), which explores and develops an individual’s emotional intelligence. It is Dr. Gosling’s vision of how emotional intelligence may be learned and applied to everyday living exercising emotional leadership; behaving with emotional intelligence in your relationships in the home, community, and workplace.

I originated the EASEQuadrant Model in 2002 for my doctoral thesis, as a theoretical framework for classifying and interpreting mental abilities scored using the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT™). It is underpinned by the mental ability model of emotional intelligence (Mayer, DiPaolo, Salovey, 1990; Mayer, Salovey, 1997; Salovey, Mayer, 1990) and was central to the classification and interpretation of the emotional intelligence of 86 managers who responded and were tested by the online MSCEIT in my research program.

I argued in this study that emotional intelligence in and of itself is valued as a capacity required for organisation effectiveness and individual performance. EASEQuadrant provides a framework that teaches successful leaders how to apply their emotional intelligence skills to achieve positive long-term change in behavior leading to improved individual and organisation success.


Set on two axes of experiential emotional leadership and strategic emotional leadership, the model comprises four quadrants, each undergirded by a branch of the MSCEIT™: (1) Evaluating Perceptions (Perceiving emotion), (2) Attending to Mood (Using emotion), (3) Strengthening Knowledge (Understanding emotion), and (4) Enhancing Relationships (Managing emotion).

Each quadrant is a right of passage along a journey to learning and applying emotionally intelligent behavior to build a long-term feeling of trust in business, professional, and social relationships. It is argued that perceiving and using emotion enhances experiential emotional leadership while understanding and managing emotion enhances strategic emotional leadership.

About Dr. Mike Gosling

Best known for creating The Emotional Leader Program, Mike is a leading Executive Coach, editor of this blog, and Co-Founder of RelationshipsMe.com. Connect with him on Twitter, at Facebook, and LinkedIn.