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The value of emotional intelligence

In every sphere of our lives, emotions encompass a huge area, ranging from our daily interactions to reciprocal actions and influences. Humans are prone to emotions and their intermediary actions which is why honing the skills of Emotional Intelligence (EI) is very crucial. Having a grasp at one’s emotions is elementary to finding out what it is that will make the person more high-functioning and eventually enable work progress. Working for BRAC University’s Centre for Emotional Intelligence and Innovation has shown me how these skills are connected to every aspect of our lives.

Being emotionally intelligent helps us become more self-aware. Knowing your strengths, weaknesses and personal management goals is quintessential in whatever work you do. Daniel Goleman, American psychologist & journalist, calls it the keystone of emotional intelligence. Self-awareness is built on every sphere of our lives on many diverse planes which includes our body, physical behaviours, emotions, preferences, intentions, values and objectives. It develops conscience as to how we come off to other people. The more we develop this in ourselves, the easier it will be for us to fine-tune our responses to others, adding synergy to our relations and connections.

For our personal and professional growth, we need to grow consciousness about the people residing around us and identify certain behavioural traits that will establish effective interpersonal communications. By virtue of this, everyone can make their daily conversations more satisfying and mutually productive. High emotional intelligence is connected to improved job performance and team work, amplified creativity and adaption, etc. Moreover, researches have shown how awareness about relationship between parents has an impact on the emotional development of children (Field & Kolbert, 2006). Thus, it will not only help us in professional management but also in our personal family lives.

Emotional intelligence is useful to you in things such as controlling your impulse, appropriately regulating your temper and averting depression. Hence it is critical that we develop a better understanding of the undiscovered emotions lurking within us.


Sajid Bin Hasnat is 2nd year student studying Economics at BRAC University. Send warm greetings at

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