Emotional Intelligence is the ability to identify, understand and manage emotions – the ability to manage ourselves and our relationships effectively.
The term EI has been around since the 1980s, and was popularised by Daniel Goleman in the mid-1990’s when he published a book of the same name. There has been much research by him, and others in the years since, with many books, articles and instruments published, expanding our understanding of EI and the importance it has both in the workplace, and in the wider facets of our lives.
If you have high emotional intelligence, it means that you can recognise your own emotional state and the emotional states of others, and engage positively with people in a way that draws them to you and strengthen relationships. This can be an advantage in your professional life, but of course can help you form healthier relationships in all aspects of your life.
Importantly, most experts in EI do not believe EI competences are innate talents, but learned abilities. This means everyone has the ability to increase their EI, if they work on building the skills and capabilities.
Want to know more about EI and get some practical tips for how to develop and / or strengthen your EI skills?
Click here for a link to our Tips and Hints on Emotional Intelligence - including a self assessment, and practical ideas across all 4 of the EI dimensions.