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Research continues to show that when it comes to predicting success in a role, emotional intelligence is far more important than IQ. That's especially true for leadership and customer facing roles. Decades of research now point to emotional intelligence, not IQ, as the critical factor that sets star performers apart from the rest of the pack.

TalentSmart tested emotional intelligence alongside 33 other important workplace skills, and found that emotional intelligence is the strongest predictor of performance, explaining a full 58% of success in all types of jobs. Naturally, people with a high degree of emotional intelligence make more money—an average of $29,000 more per year than people with a low degree of emotional intelligence. The link between emotional intelligence and earnings is so direct that every point increase in emotional intelligence adds $1,300 to an annual salary.



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EI has only come to be recognized in more recent times, people were originally employed on their technical skills and background experience, but in this time of strong competition for every position, EI is another 'skill' that has been added to the essential criteria when hiring someone, especially in the managerial arena. EI in my mind is another term for 'common sense',which seems to be sadly lacking in our world today, something that the Baby Boomers such as myself take for granted. Whether EI is worth more in the pay packet is not something I could comment on, but I do know that it is becoming an essential 'soft' skill when applying for positions of standing.


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