The theory of emotional intelligence made it's first appearance in 1995, it served as the missing link in a peculiar finding: people with average IQs outperform those with the highest IQs 70% of the time. This new realization threw a huge wrench into what people had always assumed was the sole source of success—IQ. After decades of research, findings point to emotional intelligence as the partnering critical factor that sets high performers apart from everyone else.
Emotional intelligence is that “something” in each of us that slightly intangible. It affects how we manage our behavior, navigate social situations, and make personal decisions that achieve positive results. Whether or not we are home, at work or anywhere in between, (EI) should be the lens we look through in order to sharpen our leadership skills. Why? According to Daniel Goleman, an American psychologist who helped bring the theory to the forefront, there are 5 main focus areas:
- Self Awareness
- Emotional Management
- Social Skills