The term Emotional Intelligence was first coined by John Mayer (University of New Hampshire) and Peter Salovey (University of Yale). The concept was popularized by Daniel Goleman through his best-selling book Emotional Intelligence. Emotional Intelligence (EI) has come a long way since then. Now, people around the world have come to realize just how important EI is, when it comes to high performance. In fact, people with high emotional intelligence excel not just at work, but also in their personal life. Even though people have accepted the fact that a high EI is a great catalyst for success, the term itself is a bit obscure to most of us.
So, what exactly is emotional intelligence? It is the ability to understand and be in charge of your emotions and that of others. Does it mean they are not emotional? Certainly, not. It’s just that emotionally-intelligent people have tremendous control over their emotions. They know how to manage their emotions in the right direction, so as to reap maximum benefits and cause least damage from them.