Nowadays, you find references to emotional intelligence everywhere, along with advice as to how sharpening your Emotional Quotient can dramatically increase your chances of success.

But there’s only one question:
What IS emotional intelligence?

Basically, emotional intelligence is the ability to identify, understand, and effectively manage emotions–both your own and those of others.

To understand further, it’s helpful to break it down into four elements of emotional intelligence or general abilities:

00:00 What is Emotional Intelligence?
01:13 Self-awareness
01:45 Self-management
02:40 Social Awareness
03:26 Relationship Management
04:10 Relation between the four components
06:18 Steve Jobs’ Emotional Intelligence

Self-awareness includes the ability to recognize your emotional tendencies, strengths, and weaknesses.
Self-management is the ability to manage emotions in a way that allows you to accomplish a task, reach a goal, or provide a benefit. It includes the quality of self-control, which is the ability to control your emotional reactions.
Social awareness is the ability to accurately perceive the feelings of others and understand how those feelings influence behavior. It helps you understand the role emotions play in your relationships and social regulation.
Relationship management is the ability to get the most out of your connections with others.

Now you know what are the four components of emotional intelligence. BUT:

How do these four elements, or general abilities, work together?

Each of the four components of emotional intelligence is interconnected and naturally complements the others; however, one isn’t always dependent on another.

Here is a practical example of what does emotional intelligence and its components look like in real life?
Steve Jobs, at the worldwide developer conference in 1997, braved insulting remarks with the highest quality. This example illustrates the power of Steve Jobs’ emotional intelligence, but you’ll have plenty of chances to see it in your own life as well. Steve Jobs’s insult response is a perfect demonstration of what’s the highest quality coping in a situation like this.

Watch the video till the end to achieve the 4 components of emotional intelligence, and you’ll be making emotions work for you, instead of against you.
Mr. Smart has crafted this animation based on the writing of Justin Bariso. You can found the original draft here:

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