Most effective leaders are alike in one crucial way: They all have a high degree of what has come to be known as emotional intelligence. It is not IQ and technical skills are irrelevant. They do matter, but mainly as “threshold capabilities”; that is, they are the entry-level requirements for executive positions. Without emotional intelligence, a person can have the best training in the world, an incisive, analytical mind, and an endless supply of smart ideas, but he still won’t make a great leader.
IQ and technical ability are not necessarily important ingredients in strong leadership as emotional intelligence would be missing from the recipe. Technical capability may support one person to manage a process or a task, however, it does not help the person to interact with others and influence them effectively. Thus, the emotional intelligence is “need to have” for a person to be an effective leader; who can implement changes and demonstrate high performance in an organization.