Emotional Intelligence: Being able to understand your own emotions as well as those who around you (friends, family, significant others).
I believe this concept is important because it explains one of the biggest human interactions we experience on a daily basis. No matter who you are or what you do, at some point you will have to interact with people around you. People have to ask for help, work as a team, and lead other people. These tasks can't be done without understanding human emotions.
I have to interact with this concept on a regular basis when I interact with friends, family, and colleagues. I think the best way for me to relate to this concept is comparing how I talked to people when I was in elementary school to today. When I was younger I found it very hard to communicate with older people because I wasn't sure how to read them. Now days I can approach anyone I want to talk to and figure out what tone I need to have to gain their respect.
A current example of this concept that I deal with today is talking with my manager. Sometimes I can walk into his office and kid around and make jokes, but other times I need to stay quiet and just listen. If I did not have emotional intelligence it would make my job very difficult.