How Emotionally Intelligent Are You? And Why Does It Matter?
Emotional intelligence, also referred to as EI, is the capability of people to recognize traits of both their own and other people’s emotions. The term emotional intelligence gained popularity in 1995 when a book, written by the psychologist and author Daniel Goleman, emerged
Goleman created a model explaining EI characteristics. Goleman defined emotional intelligence as the array of skills and characteristics that drive leadership performance. After Goleman’s book came out this model was expanded by others in the field adding the “trait model” and the “ability model”. The trait model examines one’s behavioral dispositions and self perceived abilities while the ability model studies one’s ability to process emotional information and apply it.
So what does all this have to do with success?
Multiple studies have indicated that people with higher emotional intelligence have stronger mental health, better job performance and more advanced leadership skills. Higher EI will improve your relationships, professional aptitude and chances of success.
But How Do You Measure Your Own EI?
This fine infographic by NetCredit will help you figure out what type of emotional intelligence you have by identifying both your strengths and your weaknesses:
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