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In a data-driven world, it can be easy to lose sight of the bigger picture. Beyond performance scores, client numbers, and profits, the fact is every workplace runs on people power.

But tapping into the potential of your working relationships requires one key ingredient: emotional intelligence. Otherwise known as EQ, this brand of intelligence exists in everyone, to varying degrees. You can probably name someone in your office who has a high EQ—and someone who doesn’t.

So, how do you measure up? What can you do to improve? And why should you care?

All your questions will be answered in this round-up of The Muse’s best advice on the topic.

1. This Flowchart Will Help You Figure Out Just How Emotionally Intelligent You Are

The first step is always the toughest, but knowing your starting point will make it much easier.

2. 4 Reasons You're Not Getting Ahead at Work That Have Nothing to Do With Your Skills

Struggling to pinpoint your problem areas? If you see yourself reflected in this list, you’ll soon know where you need to improve.

3. Why Being Smart Isn't Enough at Work

If you’re still not sold on the importance of EQ, this infographic will walk you through exactly why it is.

4. 11 Cheap Online Classes You Can Take to Improve Your Interpersonal Skills

The only way to make progress is to act. Here’s a guide to some of the best (and quickest!) ways to develop these skills.

5. Every Question You've Ever Had About Soft Skills (But Didn't Want to Ask)

Soft skills appear everywhere, from resumes to performance reviews, but what exactly are they? All your questions will be answered in this handy rundown.

6. 4 Habits You Should Pick Up if You Want to Be Well-Liked at Work

These everyday actions are the baby steps that’ll lead you toward higher EQ, better working relationships, and, ultimately, achieving your career goals.

7. 14 Free Personality Tests That'll Help You Figure Yourself Out

There are many different aspects to personality—and to self-awareness. Take the quiz featured here to see how well you fare.

8. How to Handle the Co-worker Who Just Doesn't Get It

Sometimes your own EQ isn’t the issue, but someone else’s is. Learn how to use your own skills to bridge the divide.

9. 9 Bad Habits Stopping You From Being Truly Happy

Emotional intelligence isn’t just about development in the workplace. In fact, it allows you to identify habits or environments that are holding you back in your personal as well as professional life.

10. The Underrated Skills That Will Make You a Better Employee (and Human Being)

Being proactive about your own happiness and mental health is key for sustainable, long-term productivity. Pick up these techniques to better yourself, and become a better worker in the process.