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Emotional intelligence helps you to maintain control, lowers stress levels and maintains your motivation.


Emotional intelligence enables good communication and an ability to work with, and influence, and persuade others and to do this without conflict.


Good levels of emotional intelligence enhances your reputation inside and outside of work.


There are however some disadvantages to emotional intelligence.
Emotional intelligence can't always be learned.  You can't learn emotional intelligence by watching a few videos!  You can learn about emotional intelligence, but you can develop it by interacting with other peopl and knowing how to work with emotional intelligence better.


Only some attributes of emotional intelligence can be learnt or taught. Others, like adopting a more understanding attitude or building drive and determination, can only really come from within.


Emotional intelligence is sometimes dismissed as just another management fad.  Often it's ridiculed by senior managers.  It often turns out that they're managers with low levels of emotional intelligence.


Emotional intelligence is not relevant in every job role.


Now interestingly, this links in with the previous point, because some people will be promoted into a management position having had success in a role where emotional intelligence isn't important. For example, a research role or a role which involves working with figures and numbers.  People who've been promoted assume that, because they've had some success working with their capabilities, that these capabilities will stand them in good stead when they're managing and working with other people.


They forget that emotions are involved when you're dealing with other people rather than just keeping everything purely at the cognitive level.


Now, emotional intelligence can also be used to manipulate people. Emotions are one of the core components of our being. We experience emotions in virtually every moment of the day. When those emotions are understood as a skill, then it becomes another way to manipulate someone to do what you want them to do.


High levels of emotional intelligence might eliminate physical bullying but if the intentions are not good, then a different type of bullying can come about - emotional bullying.


What's worse is that the person being bullied will want to have it happen because it's emotionally fulfilling for them.


We've, also, got to look at the way in which emotional intelligence can be used at a highly political level to manipulate people, and there are examples throughout history where people have had high levels of emotional intelligence and manipulate populations.  A good example here is Adolf Hitler.


The advantages and disadvantages of emotional intelligence show that it can be hugely beneficial to develop.