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Intelligence (IQ) vs. Emotional Intelligence (EQ): Why it Matters for Leaders


For many years, a high intelligence quotient (IQ) was thought to be the primary factor determining an individual's success as a leader, but numerous studies point to a direct correlation between high emotional intelligence (EQ) and effective leadership. While IQ certainly plays a large role in determining an individual's cognitive ability and academic skill (i.e. "book smarts"), it is EQ that determines an individual's ability to understand, empathize, and connect with their teammates on an emotional level – qualities that are essential in good leaders.