A new US study has found hiring managers believe emotional intelligence is more important than a candidate’s IQ, HR Communication reports.

The CareerBuilder study of 2,600 managers found 71 per cent of respondents stressed the importance of emotional fortitude – the ability to control emotions and manage relationships.

The researchers also found 75 per cent of managers said they are more likely to promote an employee with high emotional intelligence, or EQ, than one with a stronger IQ.

Emotional intelligence is highly valued as many managers see the benefits of a harmonious workplace.  They don’t want super-smart people who can’t get along with their colleagues.  Maybe it’s time to start testing for EQ instead of IQ as part of the hiring process?

What do you think?

Does your organisation hire for IQ or EQ?

Are you measuring EQ in your workplace?



Melissa Donaldson

For the past 15 years, I've partnered with senior executives and leaders in public and private sector organisations to execute significant change, design and implement leadership capability programs, renegotiate complex industrial agreements and build leader and team performance.

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