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Beyond the hype

Emotional intelligence for project managers

During the past decade, many educators and journalists have touted the significance of developing emotional intelligence as a method for helping leaders achieve success. This article examines the truth behind the hype of the books and articles on emotional intelligence, discussing how possessing a high level of emotional intelligence can help project managers better manage their teams. In doing so, it describes how project managers can identify and develop their emotional intelligence, pointing out why classroom training is not the best path to maturing one's emotions and identifying how project managers can develop their emotional intelligence. Accompanying this article is an emotional intelligence quiz developed specifically for PM Network by Anthony Mersino, the author of Emotional Intelligence for Project Managers: The People Skills You Need to Achieve Outstanding Results.
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