Since the late 1900s the knowledge of Emotional Intelligence (EI), sometimes known as Social Competence, has been seen as a possible means of acquiring improved leadership skills. Researchers like Peter Salovey, David Caruso, Rueven Bar-On and Steven Stein have been dissecting parts and applying segments to aid in the development of leaders for many years. Dan Goleman stepped in and made the concept popular with his book Primal Leadership. In all our years of identifying, teaching, training and developing leaders, there has been no one attribute more essential to superior performance than EI. You will want to make certain your leaders and potential leaders are highly skilled in it.