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AQHow do we predict a leader’s perceived stress, engagement, control, and ability to cope with adversity? AQ provides answers for major technology firm.

A Major Global Technology Company


Understanding the need for high-performance leadership, leaders completed the 1-day AQ program followed by a 90-day, weekly, web-based AQ reinforcement program. This company sought to measure several variables beyond AQ and CORE, including perceived stress, level of engagement, perceived control, and ability to cope with adversity.


The mean AQ score for this group rose from a 151.9 to a 168.5, or from “moderate” to “moderately high.” We observed a statistically significant correlation between one or more of the CORE dimensions of AQ and the items listed above, with one exception.

Dimension Percent Change
Stress on the job 14% decrease in those reporting “a lot” or “maximum stress” in their job (statistically significant)
Post-training, no one reported “maximum stress”
Engagement 11% increase in those who felt “highly” or “extremely highly” engaged. This number was already high in the pre-survey; therefore, this increase is not statistically significant
Coping with adversity 43% increase in those who agreed or strongly agreed that they possessed the skills, knowledge, and abilities to thrive in an environment of constant change
Stress management 42% increase in those who agreed or strongly agreed that they manage stress in ways that enhance their effectiveness in their job
Control over factors that affect stress 45% increase in those who felt that they could “mostly” or “completely” influence the factors that affect their stress, energy, and engagement in their job
Stress associated with greatest challenge 57% decrease in those who perceived their greatest challenge as “highly” or “extremely” stressful
36% increase in those who saw their challenge as “hardly stressful” or “not stressful at all”