Global Resilience Institute

Founded and directed by PEAK Learning, this community of scholars spanning 43 countries expands AQ theory and applications with new discoveries and tools.

Global Resilience Institute

Founded and directed by PEAK Learning, this community of scholars spanning 43 countries expands AQ theory and applications with new discoveries and tools.

History

The AQ research quest began in 1979 with the foundational question: “What is it inside the rare individuals, enterprises, and cultures that thrive in adverse conditions given thatstatisticallythe vast majority do not?”

AQ theory, principles, and methods have emerged from more than 40 years of focused research into a broad range of scientific disciplines, as well as an ongoing field-research effort currently taking place in 43 countries worldwide.

A wealth of research indicates that resilience, performance, mindset, health, quality of life, optimism, agility, tenacity, fortitude, and the capacity to achieve goals are largely determined by not what we face, but how we respond to life’s events.

History

The AQ research quest began in 1979 with the foundational question: “What is it inside the rare individuals, enterprises, and cultures that thrive in adverse conditions given thatstatisticallythe vast majority do not?”

AQ theory, principles, and methods have emerged from more than 40 years of focused research into a broad range of scientific disciplines, as well as an ongoing field-research effort currently taking place in 43 countries worldwide.

A wealth of research indicates that resilience, performance, mindset, health, quality of life, optimism, agility, tenacity, fortitude, and the capacity to achieve goals are largely determined by not what we face, but how we respond to life’s events.

Interested in using the AQ Profile in your research?

We encourage you to tell us a lot more about your project by completing this form. We welcome your feedback and contribution. To request permission to use the AQ Profile, please complete and submit this short form. Note that we will not publish your contact information on our web site.

Interested in using the AQ Profile in your research?

We encourage you to tell us a lot more about your project by completing this form. We welcome your feedback and contribution. To request permission to use the AQ Profile, please complete and submit this short form. Note that we will not publish your contact information on our web site.

See Global Resilience Institute Research

AQ Scores

Norms

AQ scores are presently available from a diverse sample of 1,000,000+ employees and students in 137 different companies and educational institutions worldwide. The distribution of their AQ scores provides norms against which anyone taking the AQ Profile can compare his or her score.

Means & Range

AQ scores range from 40 to 200, with a global mean of 135. When measured, most groups reflect a fairly broad range of two or more standard deviations in either direction from the mean, as well as a standard bell curve distribution of AQ scores.

AQ means vary from group to group based on occupation and industry. A general finding is that those in what are stereotypically the adversity-rich occupations tend to have the highest average AQs. Conversely, groups in the most stable occupations often score below the global mean, validating the notion that people tend to select occupations based on their AQ and perceived capacity for challenge.

AQ Scores

Norms

AQ scores are presently available from a diverse sample of 1,000,000+ employees and students in 137 different companies and educational institutions worldwide. The distribution of their AQ scores provides norms against which anyone taking the AQ Profile can compare his or her score.

Means & Range

AQ scores range from 40 to 200, with a global mean of 135. When measured, most groups reflect a fairly broad range of two or more standard deviations in either direction from the mean, as well as a standard bell curve distribution of AQ scores.

AQ means vary from group to group based on occupation and industry. A general finding is that those in what are stereotypically the adversity-rich occupations tend to have the highest average AQs. Conversely, groups in the most stable occupations often score below the global mean, validating the notion that people tend to select occupations based on their AQ and perceived capacity for challenge.