Differentiate yourself from the masses – that large group of average performers – and stand out like a star. First step: strengthen your emotional intelligence – a set of personal skills identified as key drivers of outstanding performance. Research says, at all job levels, Emotional Intelligence is twice as important as your technical and cognitive skills. And, becomes even more important at higher levels of the organization where differences in technical skills are not as central to success.
Yes; intelligence, vision, initiative, strategic planning and a willingness to take risks continue to be required. And, for stellar levels of productivity and profitability, understanding yourself and others, working well with everyone around you and leading change effectively – all components of Emotional Intelligence – are your golden keys to success.
For more on this well-researched and documented concept, Google Daniel Goleman or read his Harvard Business Review article titled, “What Makes a Leader.”