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EBS experts: Prof Myriam Bechtoldt on emotional intelligence

16 July 2021 | By: Violetta Sulzbach, Research Assistant Impact Institute
WirtschaftsWoche Myriam Bechtoldt
Emotional intelligence, or EQ, is considered an important leadership skill. In an article published in Wirtschaftswoche, this credo is questioned and partly refuted by experts.

In the article published in WirtschaftsWoche on 16 July titled “Der überschätzte EQ” (The overestimated IQ), Myriam Bechtoldt, Professor of Organisational Psychology and member of the EBS Impact Institute, is quoted with several statements on emotional intelligence. Bechtoldt contributes to debunking Daniel Golemann’s thesis of the relevance of EQ. According to Bechtoldt, Golemann’s definition of emotional intelligence as “a mixture of self-motivation, frustration tolerance, impulse control, empathy capacity and hope” is too woolly, that its qualities everyone would like to have. Thus, although Bechtoldt can understand the popularity of EQ, he would rather use traditional IQ as a hiring criterion for new employees, as it says more about an applicant’s potential.

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Max Mustermann
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