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   In this world where every person is different by race, culture, opinions, politics and so many other things, there is a common thread and that is our emotions and how we handle them. Emotional intelligence can be defined as being aware of your own emotions along with others and using that information/awareness to direct our actions. People who have adequate emotional intelligence are those who become leaders/important career men and women. Many companies around the world are now realizing that their employees who have better developed emotional intelligence  are leading them and their companies to success.    Emotional intelligence can be measured and expressed by certain characteristics. Emotional intelligence consists of four branches that were developed by Peter Salovey and John Mayer. The first branch is perception of emotion which ultimately means being able to read people’s emotions by their physical expression. This is extremely important because this helps people determine differences like a lie and a the truth. The second branch is the use of emotion to facilitate thinking which means using your emotions to emphasize or order your thinking processes. The third branch is the understanding and analysing emotions which entails having the ability to comprehend your or someone else’s language and translating it to emotions and how someone feels.  The fourth and final branch is the reflective regulation of emotions which involves the ability of using and controlling your and other people’s emotions at appropriate times. All of these branches determine if someone is or has the potential to be a emotionally intelligent person or not.         Emotional intelligence can be measured by a lot of different tests that ask you questions that determine how much of an emotionally intelligent person you are. These tests can be determined by how you feel when you see photographs or just simple and complex questions about your personality. In my JROTC class me and my fellow cadets also took an emotional intelligence test. This helped the cadets figure out what we needed to work on ourselves to develop into leaders. I have worked on my faults and have been striving to be more empathetic and obtain more self esteem. By growing as a person after taking a test you learn how to be an efficient and powerful leader in a group or at a job. Harvey Deutschendorf expressed in his article “In a 2011 Career Builder Survey of more than 2,600 hiring managers and human resource professionals, 71% stated they valued emotional intelligence in an employee over IQ; 75% “. This proves that emotional intelligence is not only an important general life skill but a job hiring skill in which many millennials need today.   The educational community have implemented some of these programs seeing a high success rate.  They are designed to provide skill-building opportunities for students, teachers and school leaders as well as family members where they learn to develop the skills of recognizing, understanding and regulating emotions.  The ability to bring emotional information into cognitive activities has proven to be very important throughout one’s life.   They are just starting to understand the importance of emotional intelligence.  We they are seeing is that it can predict many of life’s outcomes.  There will be much more advancements in the next few decades to support this using studies and professional development programs.  References written by Marc A. Brackett*, Susan E. Rivers, and Peter SaloveyYale University written by Harvey Deutschendorf written by John Keyser