Emotional intelligence is an interdisciplinary field that brings together psychology, sociology, communication, management and self-development. It considers the essentials of individual performance, group dynamics and organizational development.
From ancient Greece, Plato said “all learning has an emotional base.” Aristotle added “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” There has been a continuing quest to understand emotions and their interplay with leadership, stress, group dynamics, motivation and success. The importance of emotional/social intelligence in conjunction with personality and performance have been viewed as vital to achievement.
In the Twentieth century, the mind and its relationship to success received renewed interest in social and organizational psychology. Groups and individuals have sought to develop higher levels of effectiveness through focus and harnessing the power of the mind.