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Rational intelligence is what the IQ measures: your ability to make deductions, inferences, to be logic, to do algebra and stuff like that. Emotional intelligence is your ability to manage your emotions and relate to others.
Putting it like this feels like it has a poor impact so I'll put it in another way: anyone's success is correlated to emotional intelligence and it's not correlated to "rational intelligence". That is, whenever you find someone who actually is a high school genius in the sense of "rational intelligence", that will give you no clue whatsoever as to what that person will be doing in 20/30 years time. But emotional intelligence does, it is strongly correlated to a person's success!
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The second set is divided into social awareness and social skills.
The book itself starts with a physiological description about the brain mechanisms, which I found pretty interesting. But as he says in the book, you can skip that part and go fast-forward to the "juicy parts" where he explains how these levels of personal and social skills work and how you can take advantage of that to be a better "you".
But hey, this is my view. Surprisingly, not everyone agrees with me and you can easily find strong criticism on both the author and the book (just for an example, here).
The relationship to Project Management is strong once you think about soft skills. The root cause being you have to know yourself in order to improve and having a model (this or any other that explains why one behaves the way he does) is a must. Or otherwise you won't know what to next to be a better you.
Just a final note to clear some potential misunderstanding: the kind of benefit you can get from this book is not to know you should smile when you meet someone. That I would call cynical, to use a nice word. The real benefit is to know why you didn't smile when you met someone in particular and then set things straight with yourself. And in doing that you grow as a person.
Posted by Luis Seabra Coelho