CommonSenseHR provides the EQ-i 2.0 Assessment and coaching to help both individuals and teams identify and develop any one or more of the 15 different components of emotional intelligence. This provides an opportunity for the client to work on the areas of EQ that they may want to strengthen.



According to a 2019 article in the Harvard Business Review, the technical skills that helped secure your first promotion might not guarantee your next. If you aspire to be in a leadership role, there is an emotional element you need to consider. It’s what helps you successfully coach teams, manage stress, deliver feedback, and collaborate with others.

It’s called emotional intelligence, and accounts for nearly 90 percent of what sets high performers apart from peers with similar technical skills and knowledge.

Research by Talent Smart shows that emotional intelligence is the strongest predictor of performance. And hiring managers have taken notice: 71 percent of employers surveyed by Career Builder said they value EQ over IQ, reporting that employees with high emotional intelligence are more likely to stay calm under pressure, resolve conflict effectively, and respond to co-workers with empathy.

Emotional intelligence is defined as the ability to understand and manage your own emotions, as well as recognize and influence the emotions of those around you. 

More than a decade ago, Goleman highlighted the importance of emotional intelligence in leadership, telling the Harvard Business Review “The most effective leaders are all alike in one crucial way: They all have a high degree of what has come to be known as emotional intelligence. It’s not that IQ and technical skills are irrelevant. They do matter, but...they are the entry-level requirements for executive positions.”