Senior Executives more successful with Emotional Intelligence

Egon Zehnder International – a global executive search firm – analyzed 515 senior executives: The study included senior executives in Latin America, Germany and Japan.

Result: The study showed a significant relevance of emotional competencies almost identical in all three different cultures.


  • Strong Emotional Intelligence = Job Success: Senior Executives who were primarily strong in emotional intelligence were more likely to succeed than those who were strongest in either relevant previous experience or high IQ.
  • 74% of success: Executives high in emotional intelligence counted for 74 percent of the successes and only 24 percent of the failures.
Read more: The proof is in the results

Sample Group: 515 Senior Executives in Latina America, Germany and Japan

Source: C. Cherniss (1999): The Business Case for Emotional Intelligence.

Results verified by: Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations

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