Emotional intelligence is defined as the ability to be aware of and manage your own emotions and those of others.
In other words, to consider how we relate to others. I often find in the work I do with bright, knowledgeable professionals that this is unacknowledged as an important ability at worst and in many cases, at best, rated behind other skills.
However, as you progress in your career and take on leadership roles it becomes more important. This is because you will spend more of your day dealing with the challenges presented by interacting with people, internally and externally.
You can read the rest of the article I wrote for We Are the City here.