Does Emotional Intelligence Matter?
Research shows... it does!
How much of an impact does emotional intelligence have on your professional success? The short answer is... A LOT! It's a powerful way to focus your energy in one direction with a tremendous result. 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.
What makes someone great at their job? Having knowledge, smarts, and vision, to be sure. But what really distinguishes the world's most successful leaders is emotional intelligence - or the ability to identify and monitor emotions (of their own and of others).
Most of the experts agreed that there is scientific evidence for emotional intelligence. This is because EI scores can predict other measurable outcomes, in a similar way to IQ. High-ability EI has been shown to correlate with positive relationships and career success.
Professor Brian Partido, an expert from Ohio State University, explains that "mental health, physical health, and life satisfaction all have been linked to having a high emotional intelligence. Most recently, emotional intelligence was found to be a predictor of academic and clinical performance among dental hygiene students."
Professor Carrie Lloyd, an expert from Northcentral University, offers another example: "Increased EI has a beneficial effect in terms of current depression status. [My] study indicated that for every 1-point increased in the EQ scaled score, the risk of depression decreased by 5 percent.
"This is a highly significant result, as this provides clear evidence that; emotional intelligence and depression are strongly related in the older adult population."