You may think of EQ as a fad, and you’d be right. But before you dismiss it outright, consider the latest evidence.
WE ALL REMEMBER when we first heard about EQ. (Just me?) I’d arrived in London from Buenos Aires to embark on my Ph.D. studies in 1999 when a university colleague introduced me to the topic, even though Daniel Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence had already been a bestseller for several years.
Like most people, I was drawn to the idea that emotional abilities are an important career weapon, and should therefore be considered a form of intelligence. Plus, few competencies within academic psychology had such a sexy name as emotional intelligence-a fabulous oxymoron-and the idea that a novel trait could challenge the supremacy of IQ in the realm of talent was exciting.
But appealing as it was, EQ had a slight problem: a lack of scientific studies supporting it. There was no evidence EQ could be more predictive of real-world success than IQ; nor was there any suggesting it’s a unique competency that can be reliably measured, developed, and enhanced.