Outstanding Quotes about Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence Quotes

Outstanding Quotes about Emotional Intelligence

Below is a collection of the best and most outstanding quotes about emotional intelligence. If you sign up to my email list I will send you a PDF copy of Success Quotes, Foundational Elements for Lasting Success and Characteristics and Qualities of a Great Leader: A Quote Book Full of Truth and Wisdom. All you need to do is to enter your email in the box below and push “Subscribe” and your two free quote books will soon be delivered to your inbox.

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“Emotional intelligence is the ability to sense, understand, and effectively apply the power and acumen of emotions as a source of human energy, information, connection, and influence.” ~Robert K. Cooper. Ph.D.

“The emotionally intelligent person is skilled in four areas: identifying emotions, using emotions, understanding emotions, and regulating emotions.” ~John Mayer and Peter Salovey

“Emotional Intelligence is a way of recognizing, understanding, and choosing how we think, feel, and act. It shapes our interactions with others and our understanding of ourselves. It defines how and what we learn; it allows us to set priorities; it determines the majority of our daily actions. Research suggests it is responsible for as much as 80% of the “success” in our lives.” ~J. Freedman

“No doubt emotional intelligence is more rare than book smarts, but my experience says it is actually more important in the making of a leader. You just can’t ignore it.” ~Jack Welch,

“We plant seeds that will flower as results in our lives, so best to remove the weeds of anger, avarice, envy and doubt…” ~Dorothy Day

“People with well-developed emotional skills are also more likely to be content and effective in their lives, mastering the habits of mind that foster their own productivity; people who cannot marshal some control over their emotional life fight inner battles that sabotage their ability for focused work and clear thought.” ~Daniel Goleman

“There is no separation of mind and emotions; emotions, thinking, and learning are all linked.” ~Eric Jensen

“It’s so important to realize that every time you get upset, it drains your emotional energy. Losing your cool makes you tired. Getting angry a lot messes with your health.” ~Joyce Meyer

“Part of spiritual and emotional maturity is recognizing that it’s not like you’re going to try to fix yourself and become a different person. You remain the same person, but you become awakened.” ~Jack Kornfield

Where we have strong emotions, we’re liable to fool ourselves.” ~Carl Sagan

“There are certain emotions that will kill your drive; frustration and confusion. You can change these to a positive force.  Frustration means you are on the verge of a breakthrough.  ~Confusion can mean you are about to learn something.  Expect the breakthrough and expect to learn.”  ~Kathleen Spike

“When awareness is brought to an emotion, power is brought to your life.” – Tara Meyer Robson

“What really matters for success, character, happiness and life long achievements is a definite set of emotional skills – your EQ — not just purely cognitive abilities that are measured by conventional IQ tests.” ~Daniel Goleman

“75% of careers are derailed for reasons related to emotional competencies, including inability to handle interpersonal problems; unsatisfactory team leadership during times of difficulty or conflict; or inability to adapt to change or elicit trust.” ~The Center for Creative Leadership

“All learning has an emotional base.” ~Plato

“If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.” ~Daniel Goleman

“Emotional competence is the single most important personal quality that each of us must develop and access to experience a breakthrough. Only through managing our emotions can we access our intellect and our technical competence. An emotionally competent person performs better under pressure.” ~Dave Lennick

“We are dangerous when we are not conscious of our responsibility for how we behave, think, and feel.” ~Marshall B. Rosenberg

Questions: Which of the above quotes is your favorite? Can you add to the list of quotes?

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