The science behind personality and intelligence can’t be ignored: They are largely determined by genetics. But are they the true drivers of success? Decades of research point to emotional intelligence as the critical factor that sets performers apart from the rest of the pack. Emotional intelligence affects how we manage behavior, navigate social complexities, and make personal decisions that achieve positive results. Having high Emotional Intelligence, enables you to perceive and control your feelings, as well as recognize and influence the emotions of those around you.