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There are many qualities that people individuals need to possess in order to be successful  businesspeople. Burgeoning entrepreneurs should be resilient and be able to persevere through the difficulties that starting a business can present. Seasoned CEOs need to be tenacious and quick-thinking, able to make the hard decisions that have significant repercussions. These skills are often innate, but some can be learned with time and experience. Other skills that are more difficult to pick up in later life are perhaps even more important than one's tenacity or wherewithal, and that is a person's emotional intelligence.

A person's emotional intelligence is not simply the ability to articulate one's feelings, but to pick up on other people's subtle clues that might not even be presented consciously. In order to have successful business careers, leaders need to have a solid foundation of emotional intelligence.

Emotional intelligence in a leader
The technical skills that go along with being in a managerial position in a company are of course invaluable. That knowledge, however, will only get a person so far. According to the Harvard Business Review, someone with a high EQ can acknowledge the components of emotional intelligence and use their abilities to connect with others and go forth to learn more about themselves and colleagues.

While the understanding and study of emotional intelligence is fairly new, the concept is far from modern. "Emotional intelligence" is simply a term for something that people are already aware of. SMS has been training programs in EI since the 1970s through our Positive Power and Influence® Program. Leaders with well-tuned people skills and the empathy and acuity to pick up on facial cues and body language are generally better employers.  As Time reported, those with high EQs are curious about other people and appreciate what others bring to a discussion, which are helpful traits in the business world.

Leaders and teams should share the same mind set when working toward success.Leaders and teams should share the same mindset when working toward success.

Emotional intelligence in a team
While the traits of a leader or an owner are important to the success of the business, this individual is not the only one doing the work. Part of growing an enterprise is letting other people take on responsibilities, and the support team should have the same values that the owner possesses.

In a separate Harvard Business Review article, the author indicated that the hiring staff should look for certain attributes in potential team members. While resumes might be glowing with fruitful past experience and robust backgrounds, the applicants should still mirror the goals of the company. Someone going into sales should be able to notice when someone's voice changes, not only pay attention to the words a person says over the phone. HBR noted that emotional intelligence is tough to gauge, but it's something that's worth taking the time to discover.

When a leader and a team are united though their diverse skills and high EQs, the business world is theirs to be conquered. This collective unit of people is the strong foundation on which the success of future endeavors will be built.