As a project manager, is your emotional intelligence harming or helping your project?

According to the latest research, emotional intelligence (EI), which is associated with soft-skills, seems to be a very important attribute for project managers and thus project success. Emotional intelligence is the capacity to understand, value and wisely manage emotions in relationship to oneself and others (Goleman, [1998]). Thus total intelligence is more than just IQ. Have you considered the importance of emotional intelligence as a project management attribute in your project's success? Various sophisticated tools, techniques and procedures exist in order to facilitate the management of projects. Despite this, why do projects still fail? Obviously there is no one simplistic answer but according to several studies (for example those by White [2002] and Belout [1998]) the so-called soft skills are great contributors to project success or failure. This paper explores whether project failure can be attributed to failure in the area of soft skills, with special reference to EI. The theory around emotional i
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