In both life and business it is a matter of emotion, relationships, and character, rather than raw intelligence.
Through many business conversations, I can tell some business people and professionals are exceptionally bright. With very high IQs they probably rank on the top percentiles of traditional measures. You’d think that having such intellectual horsepower would make life easy. I have found it is many times quite the opposite. Most of them have the typical emotional challenges from normal work and business contexts.
It turns out, success is a matter of emotion, relationships, and character, rather than raw intelligence. This certainly holds true in the realm business. People buy emotions, not products. Teams rally around missions and visions, not directives. Entrepreneurs take on incredible challenges because of passion, not logic.
While IQ might be largely determined by genetics, EQ can be learned, developed, and refined by training and experience. People with high EQ speak to the essence of another person and ultimately influence their behavior. Never think too highly of yourself just because you’re smart. In the workplace, EQ trumps IQ every day of the week.
We spend plenty time nurturing the EQ contents of our workshops. Designing in all possible ways the best learning experience to make the day productive for everyone. There is always a great lesson to learn: It doesn’t matter how smart you are. What matters is how much you’re able to connect, understand, and inspire other people.
Never think too highly of yourself just because you’re smart. It's way better to use our IQ to grow our EQ and understand better ways to be productive when working with those around us.