Striking the right balance between IQ and EQ

Academics and leadership experts have debated furiously over the years about whether IQ is more important than EQ, or vice versa.

Should we stick to the traditional method of using a person's raw intellectual ability to assess their merits, or pay more attention to the relatively new focus on emotional capabilities?

As with most other things in life, finding the right balance is crucial. IQ and EQ are not conflicting interests or mutually exclusive concepts – rather, they should work hand in hand to provide a holistic view of how someone will perform.

That's because both play vastly different roles in the human psyche. While IQ can determine how well a prospective employee will fare in carrying out the specific, technical tasks required of a job, EQ is a better indicator of their people skills and whether they can accurately perceive and manage the emotions of themselves and others.

For instance, a March 2013 article from Kipp Report suggests that IQ and EQ have different, but equally important, functions in the candidate hiring process. IQ can help make an applicant more employable, it says, while EQ is what will really help them get along with their peers and succeed in their new job.

In addition, Mark Do, consulting psychologist at peterberry_author, states that