Is Emotional Intelligence Overrated? Forget IQ versus EQSix Seconds
After 100 years of research, there’s little agreement on the definition of intelligence or how to measure IQ. Yet Adam Grant insists cognitive skill trumps all, and “Emotional Intelligence Is Overrated.” His critique is wrong, but important. His latest post on LinkedIN is a follow up to his Atlantic piece on “The Dark Side of Emotional Intelligence,” where he warns it’s risky to develop emotional competence. For example, he even speculates that Hitler used emotional intelligence to manipulate people into a frenzy of mindless loyalty. Framing this as “IQ versus EQ” demonstrates neither. Traditional psychological research has treated emotion and cognition as separate, even competitive. Emotions Drive People That said, in the human brain, no signal is more powerful than emotion. Science is a process of mounting evidence. The Evidence for Emotional Intelligence This year, for the first time, a “big data” approach was used to assess the significance of emotional intelligence around the globe.