Recruit Rockstars 353: Why Intelligence is Highly Overrated in Hiring

Raw intelligence is one of the most highly-overrated qualities in hiring.
I’m not going to tell you that high IQ doesn’t help in business.
But without EQ, or Emotional Intelligence, to go with it – a leader is going nowhere fast.
Because EQ is how we understand ourselves and the people we work with. What’s important to them. How we motivate & inspire them. How we negotiate with them.
In short: EQ > IQ
To dig in, I sought out an expert on the topic.
Christopher Connors is a #1 bestselling author on the topic and a leadership consultant to countless CEO’s.
His new book “Emotional Intelligence For The Modern Leader” empowers leaders to use EQ to build thriving cultures & winning teams.
As a 25-year Headhunter, I prioritize EQ over IQ any day of the week. And twice on Sunday. Now more than ever, in these trying times, being a successful leader for your team demands Emotional Intelligence.
In this 20-minute conversation, Christopher reveals how to develop yours.

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