How Does Emotional Intelligence Affect Your Career [Infographic]

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The reality in our current workplace shows the disconnect between EQ and IQ. Think about the company that you currently work for.

Were you primarily hired based on your cognitive skills and technical capabilities or your interpersonal capabilities, or simply people skills?

The truth of the matter is pedigree and track records outlined in your resume has a lot to do with your IQ. What you may not know is that IQ is a threshold competence. You need it, but it isn’t what makes you a star performer.

What truly propels you to be a star performer originates from your people and interpersonal capabilities (EQ). I wonder how many people have fully appreciated this fact and have embraced developing themselves as an EQ leader.

The infographic below illustrates the sheer impact of Emotional Intelligence in a leader’s career path and organizational effectiveness. 

Infographic via University of Maryland’s Online MBA Program


  • Lynn Hare

    Paul, epic post! Emotional Intelligence is the “missing factor” in many employees, and management specialists. I personally value Emotional Intelligence over head knowledge and even experience, because someone with a high EI is likely to be a good problem solver and encourager.

  • Patricia Edwards

    Paul, thanks for this post on my favorite topic! I use this infographic when presenting on the topic to demystify and clarify the concepts of Emotional Intelligence, simply the most effective attribute because we can all enhance our levels of EI through self awareness and actionables.

  • DS

    Fun to see the “value” of high EI, why it is something to pay attention to.

  • Leilani Orr

    This is very true. My husband has felt this way strongly for some time. He used to hire people at a large corporation and through analysis, testing and experience, came to realize that higher IQ had little to do with a good hire in the long run.
    Now that he runs his own company he has the most success with individuals who come in with a willingness and desire to learn and grow, and has had less productivity with those who felt (and often are) smart. There’s a barrier that is difficult to get through when people rely on head knowledge vs. problem solving, individual situations, and emotionally connecting with people/jobs, etc.

  • No where is this more evident than in sales. Fear of rejection is a powerful emotion which destroys a lot of sales careers. Managing emotions (EI) has no greater application than in sales.