Emotional Intelligence and Building Relationships

Emotional Intelligence (EI) is essential in building and maintaining relationships. It goes without saying that hard skills are needed to be effective at any job but it is often your soft-skills that create longevity and the evolution into leadership roles.

What is EI? Well basically it’s the ability to recognize, understand and manage your own emotions AND recognize, understand and influence the emotions in others. Understanding the emotional condition of human interactions can help minimize misunderstandings and can help build more connected teams.

EI is important because it helps guide you when you find yourself in high pressure situations. Companies who engage employees with EI have staff who are motivated, productive, efficient and in alignment with the company goals and values. The employees are also effective, happy, confident, likeable and rewarded.

So remember, your soft skills are very important in your success but also underestimated. Tap into your emotional intelligence and when you learn to work with emotions, you learn to work with everybody.

To learn more about Emotional Intelligence, go to: http://www.danielgoleman.info/

“Leadership is not domination, but the art of persuading people to work towards a common goal.” ~ Daniel Goleman

“Life is a comedy for those who think and a tragedy for those who feel.”  ~ Daniel Goleman


Author: Carrie L. Devone

Living & Learning...

9 thoughts on “Emotional Intelligence and Building Relationships”

  1. I couldn’t agree with this post more. In all my career positions, the ones that stay with me most are those where leadership had a good handle on this. Also, I’ve found it helpful whenever I’ve tried to tap into it myself. Thanks for the helpful article!


  2. Another good read! I agree that the “soft skills” are under utilized. I was always taught “talk loud and carry a big stick,” but I think as a leader, you can also “speak soft and STILL carry a big stick.” The most productive leaders have been able to appeal to and motivate a wide range of personalities. Experience is the greatest teacher when it comes to this skill. Keep Writing!


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