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Why is emotional intelligence important?

It seems we’re hearing a lot more these days about Emotional Intelligence and that it can be as important as IQ. But what is it and what does it mean? The term came to popularity in 1995 when New York Times columnist Daniel Goleman published his book titled Emotional Intelligence. It became a best seller and now, 25 years later it’s become part of management theory and you can take online quizzes and courses. Some companies even incorporate it into their training and management programs. So what is Emotional Intelligence (EI) anyway? According to the Institute for Human Health and Potential; Recognize, understand and manage our own emotions and; Recognize, understand and influence the emotions of others. In practical terms, this means being aware that emotions can drive our behavior and impact people (positively and negatively), and learning how to manage those emotions – both our own and others. Managing

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