Why is emotional intelligence – or EQ – in a leader so important? Even more important than cognitive intelligence – or IQ? Well, Daniel Goleman, the author of the book, “Emotional Intelligence,” determined that leaders with high levels of EQ consistently outperformed their objectives by an average of 20%. He also discovered that leaders with low levels of EQ (even those that has genius level IQ’s) consistently underperformed on their objectives by 20%; and these results have been replicated across industries in North America, Europe, and Asia.
I have witnessed these kinds of results amongst leaders all over the world and in a range of industries. For example…
Still think emotional intelligence is a fad, not worth investing in for yourself or your team or just something those with little cognitive intelligence rely on? Then here are two final thoughts on the subject… I have noticed those with high levels of EQ are always being sought after by others, both inside and outside their firms. Conversely, those with low levels of EQ seem to be always updating their resumes and looking for work.
Robert Murray is a Vancouver, BC based Business Strategy Consultant, #1 Best Selling Author, and International Keynote Speaker. For further advice, insight and inspiration on how to unlock your inner leader, follow Robert on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.
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