Formal interviews were conducted with 20,000+ individuals and 2,000+ organizations… including 80 Fortune 100 companies. The results were overwhelming. There are 3 primary reasons a person or business isn’t successful:

  1. They have difficulty handling change
  2. They have an inability to work as a team
  3. They have poor interpersonal skills

All three of these are the result of a low Emotional Intelligence (EQ).

Notice that IQ related skill sets had nothing to do with it.


How does this happen?

EQ isn’t readily taught. Our entire educational system is focused on IQ and standardized tests. As a society, we don’t simply don’t teach EQ.

Especially to males. Most males are wrongfully conditioned as little boys to ‘stop crying’ and not to talk about, share or properly process their emotions.

As tragic and awful as these school shootings are – they don’t surprise me at all. The combination of social isolation, bullying and non-existent Emotional Intelligence is a sound recipe for these horrific events.

Its time we make a shift…

It’s time we start valuing EQ, teaching EQ and praising EQ.

Emotional Intelligence is the #1 tool for effective leadership – at work and at home.

NOTE: This post was inspired by a similar post from my friend Patrick Precourt… a man with an incredibly high EQ!