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Characteristics of emotional intelligence

Characteristics of emotional intelligence

Five elements that define EI

Daniel Goleman, an American psychologist, developed a framework of five elements that define emotional intelligence:

1. Self awareness

People with high EI understand their emotions and they don’t let their feelings rule them. They know their strengths and weaknesses, and they work on these areas so they can perform better.

2. Self regulation

This is the ability to control emotions and impulses. People who self regulate typically don’t allow themselves to become too angry or jealous, and they don’t make impulsive, careless decisions. They think before they act.

3. Motivation

People with a high EI are willing to defer immediate results for long-term success. They are highly productive,love a challenge, and are effective in whatever they do.

4. Empathy

This is the ability to identify with and understand the wants, needs, and viewpoints of those around you. Empathetic people avoid stereotyping and judging too quickly, and they live their lives in an open, honest way.

5. Social skills

People with strong social skills are typically team players. Rather than focus on their own success, they help others to develop and shine. They can manage disputes, are excellent communicators, and are masters at building and maintaining relationships.

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