How smart are you? Are you book smart, people smart, music smart, or anything else in particular? Is the Intelligence Quotient (IQ) the main indicator of your smarts? What if you rocked spreadsheets and astrophysics, but had no people skills. Take my pal, Sheldon, on the Big Bang Theory for example. He's as smart as they come when books are concerned, but he's totally ignorant to social standards and tries to break them down into mathematical formulas. That brings up a good point that emotional intelligence (EI) is totally different from IQ.
So which is more important in business and life, your IQ or your EI? Clearly you need some IQ to do the analytical part of your work, but what about EI? Where does that come into play?
Once I asked my mentor, Rhonda Shasteen, what set her apart from others to help her rise to the C-suite. She told me two things. One was her vision and her ability to sell that vision to make it become a reality. The second was her soft skills, her EI. It ended up being great career advice that you can be good at your job, but until you can empathize with others and take joy in seeing them succeed, then you won't have what it takes to be a well-rounded leader. There are people who have succeeded despite a lack of EI, that's for sure. When you think of the leaders you want to emulate however, are they the ones who were ruthless and unforgiving?
In addition to working well with others in on a team, a strong EI will help you navigate corporate America and corporate politics. An emotionally intelligent person will likely be a more effective communicator that can confront and deal with conflict to achieve diplomatic resolutions.
So as you aim to grow towards personal success, I ask us all to consider the attention we are paying to our emotional intelligence. You can!