The concept of Emotional Intelligence has developed as a way to understand why people act and behave in the way that they do in life and work.
“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 EI by Daniel Goleman.
According to Daniel Goleman, an American psychologist who helped to popularize EI , there are five main elements of emotional intelligence:
5. Social skills
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.
You have the ability to identify your own to figure out your strengths and weaknesses. You are able to know your self-confidence. You are able to feel your self-worth. You are able to achieve great awareness.
Attribute two: Self-management.
You have the ability to control impulsive feelings and behaviors. You are able to manage your emotions in a healthy way. You take initiative, you follow through on prior commitments, and you adapt to your surroundings. You are in control. You don’t allow yourself to become too preoccupied with other things.
Attribute three: Social awareness.
You have the ability to understand emotions, needs, and concerns of other people. You are able to pick up emotional cues so to speak. You are able to feel comfortable socially and recognize certain dynamics.
Attribute four: Relationship management.
You have the ability to develop and maintain strong relationships. You are able to form meaningful relationships and have strong friendships. You are able to clearly communicate, inspire and influence.