This is a fantastic article. Emotional intelligence and good character are often undervalued.  In teaching and any other occupation involving human services, the ability to form and maintain positive relationships with others is paramount. Long-term research indicates that the quality of the teacher-student relationship can greatly influence whether a student engages in learning or does not. Also, teaching involves team work and collaboration so emotional intelligence involving empathy, kindness, patience, perseverance, sensitivity to the emotions of others, cooperation, tact etc. is more important than choosing people who score the highest on I.Q. tests.  Good relationships can powerfully influence a child’s direction in life.