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According to Daniel Goleman, an American psychologist who helped to popularize EI, there are five main elements of emotional intelligence:

  1. Self-awareness
  2. Self-regulation
  3. Motivation
  4. Empathy
  5. Social skills
Emotional Intelligence

What is emotional intelligence?

“Your ability to recognize and understand your emotions and your skill at using this awareness to manage yourself and your relationship with others.”

 (Drs. Travis Brandberry & Jean Greaves, Authors of The Emotional Intelligence Quick Book)

There are many models of emotional intelligence and the popularize is EI by Daniel Goleman.

If we break it down into four main attributes or domains, then we can successfully define what emotional intelligence really means:

  • Attribute one: Self-awareness.
  • Attribute two: Self-management. 
  • Attribute three: Social awareness. 
  • Attribute four: Relationship management.
Emotional Intelligence

16 Reasons To Leading With Emotional Intelligence

Daniel Goleman, an authority on emotional intelligence in the workplace, notes that “no matter what leaders set out to do—whether it’s creating a strategy or mobilizing teams to action—their success depends on how they do it. Even if they get everything else just right, if leaders fail in this primal task of driving emotions in the right direction, nothing they do will work as well as it could or should.”

Reason 1:

EI was ranked sixth in the World Economic Forum’s list of the top 10 skills that employees will need to possess to thrive in the workplace of the future.

Reason 2:

“Travis Bradberry” said that 90% of top performers are also high in emotional intelligence.

Reason 3:

Competency research in over 200 companies and organization worldwide into top performers suggests that (Goleman, 1998):

  • One-third of this difference is due to technical skill and cognitive ability.
  • Two-third is due to emotional competence.