The empirical evidence produced throughout the years illustrates that emotional intelligence is just as important as regular intelligence in being a well-balanced employee. This formal and informal mix of knowledge is the basis for creating an environment, which supports various functions leading to success. Although the psychological literature has provided some important theoretical and empirical insights there exist only few studies that have attempted to address the interaction between emotional intelligence and entrepreneurial performance.

In this context, the objective of the current study is to investigate the impact of emotional intelligence on the entrepreneurial success measured by survival conditional on various factors. More precisely, we aim to provide an evidence on following specific questions: (1) Is emotional intelligence the most potent factor in the entrepreneurial survival equation? (2) What is the impact of the staff emotional intelligence on the company success? (3) Are there gender differences regarding emotions and business survival?