A number of famous people have given their view on the importance of Emotional Intelligence. Here are some:
Research shows convincingly that EQ is more important than IQ in almost every role, and many times more important in leadership roles. Stephen Covey.
No doubt emotional intelligence is more rare than book smarts, but my experience says it is actually more important in the making of a leader. Jack Welch
In general, the higher a position in an organisation, the more EI mattered; for individuals in leadership positions, 85% of their competencies were in the EI domain. Daniel Goleman
It has been suggested that people with a high EQ exhibit the following characteristics: (i) more realistic in assessing their strenghths and weaknesses; (ii) take ownerhip of their own problems; (iii) create stronger interpersonal relationships; (iv) are better in motivating themselves and others; (v) are more proactive, innovative and creative; (vi) function better under pressure; (vii) cope better with change; (viii) are superior leaders; (ix) will have better results. Manfred Kets de Vries, former Insead professor.
It’s not IQ that leads to success…EQ is more important: emotional intelligence, social skills, how you relate, can you get things done. That’s what makes a difference, especially in management. Jamie Dimon, CEO JPMorgan Chase.