Although emotional intelligence is a newer term that has only been around since 1990, the characteristics of an emotionally intelligent person have remained constant for far longer. As it turns out, studies show that between IQ and emotional intelligence, or EQ, the latter is the much bigger indicator of success every time.
Emotional intelligence is basically the ability to understand one’s own emotions, not let them control your responses, and to understand other people’s emotions as well. Emotionally intelligent people have 5 basic characteristics that gear them for success, both personally and professionally.
These five characteristics are self-awareness, self-regulation, empathy, social skills, and motivation.