I. IT TAKES MORE THAN IQ TO SUCCEED IN LIFE AND LAW
Emotional Intelligence (“EI” and sometimes “EQ”) is not a new concept, except for lawyers. Business schools such as Harvard, Notre Dame, Dartmouth and Yale have added EI as a part of the core curriculum. EI has been credited for advancements in diplomacy; improvements in health-care and patient satisfaction, key skills for developing effective leaders in the military, and requirements for entrance to police academies; and recognized as important for coaches to improve individual and team performance. The benefits of EI are not just for business, but on a personal level produce increased happiness, mental and physical health, improved social and marital relationships, and decreased levels of cortisol (the stress hormone).
Even though EI has been around for more than 20 years, the legal profession has been slow to incorporate EI training into the profession. Lawyers typically have above average to very high IQs demonstrated by high test scores required for entrance into the profession. In some ways, the legal profession may be compared to how IQ was viewed prior to the publication of Daniel Goldman’s groundbreaking book, Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ, in the early 1990s when he wrote, “Those were the days when the preeminence of IQ as the standard for excellence in life was unquestioned, a debate ranged over whether it was set in our genes or due to experience.”