Social and emotional intelligence is the ability to be aware of our own emotions and those of others, in the moment, and to use that information to manage ourselves and manage our relationships. It is not about just being nice. There’s much more to it, including personal power, that inner knowledge that we can handle what life unfolds. It’s about integrity – knowing – and choosing – what’s right. It’s about building trust AND building bonds. It is about being more effective in our personal and professional relationships. It is about making a difference.
Out of control emotions make smart people stupid. Daniel Goleman, 1998
Emotional intelligence is much more powerful than IQ in determining who emerges as a leader. IQ is a threshold competence. You need it, but it doesn’t make you a star. Emotional intelligence can. Warren Bennis, On Becoming a Leader
When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and your discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.