Although many of us pursue education to further our academic intelligence, it may not be the key to success in life.

According to a new study, “emotional intelligence”, or ‘EQ’, has been “deemed as more important to success in life than academic intelligence.” This study analyzed individuals within a work environment where they were exposed to “subversive leadership”, in which their bosses made certain comments that would cause employees to doubt their competency.

It was found that employees who rated higher in emotional intelligence, which focuses on how well an individual can manage their emotions, were less negatively affected by their boss’ attitude. This can be attributed to their ability to effectively manage and cope with hostile situations due to their heightened level of “processing and problem solving.”

There are a lot of pieces that go into evaluating emotional intelligence, and in the end, it’s all about having people skills. Ask yourself: Are you able to manage your own emotions? Are you able to take pride in other people’s successes and be supportive? Are you able to listen to people without judgement?

If you can answer “yes” to most of these questions, you more than likely have a higher level of emotional intelligence, which will only help you deepen your relations and your own personal success.