The phrase Emotional Intelligence (EQ) first appeared back in 1964. But it was Daniel Goleman who made the phrase famous when he released his book Emotional Intelligence in 1995.
Goleman says that emotional intelligence was as important as IQ for success. This included the academic, professional, social, and interpersonal parts of life.
At work today, it is especially important. At Radiate B2B, we regularly discuss alignment between sales and marketing. It is one of the key foundations of a successful account based marketing programme. I would argue that sales and marketing leadership today need to have a high EQ to succeed.