Emotional Intelligence (EI) is an essential part of becoming an admired person and respected leader. EI skills help us understand ourselves and others to create stronger personal and social relationships needed to be more productive and successful.This applies to all our interactions from family ties and friendships to extended groups, organizations and communities we participate in and work with. Leaders use EI skills to show empathy and compassion for others to gain their trust and influence and inspire them. EI helps us with self-awareness and self-esteem, self-confidence, self-regulation and self-control. We understand our true strengths and weaknesses and know when and how to act and react appropriately in every situation. We are motivated to face criticisms without being pessimistic and overly defensive.