One study shows that executive failure most often has to do with a lack of emotional intelligence.
As I promised in my last post, I'm going to use a few posts to discuss research showing that emotional intelligence really is useful for people in business.
One of my favorite studies was done in 1997, by the Center for Creative Leadership. That study showed that the primary causes of executive failure were deficits in emotional competence -- most notably, inflexibility in the face of change, inability to act as a team player, and poor social skills.
You can read about that study -- as well as other ways that emotional intelligence drives successful leadership at the Center's article, "Leadership Skills and Emotional Intelligence." In it, the authors discuss how an inability to balance work life and personal life is actually one measure of emotional intelligence, because it tends to be correlated with social responsibility, impulse control, and empathy. That's interesting food for thought as we wind up the summer vacation season, when many of us, no doubt, tend to wonder anew if it's possible to build more time for relaxation, fitness, and family into our busy working schedules.