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May 23, 2009

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This is a very good point. There's a long-term transition from being good at executing on instructions (as a worker) to being good at managing a team (as a leader). Often, people who are great at executing are awful at instructing, at least at first. The good news is that we can all grow and adapt. As you pointed out, leadership skills peak much later than intellectual ability.

However, it would be good to see some sources. It looks like IQ correlates strongly with income, especially for jobs like management and research, whereas all I could find for Emotional Intelligence and income was this study claiming that richer parents had kids with higher emotional intelligence.

Also, IQ can't peak during adolescence. It's a measure of intelligence relative to peer groups, so a ten-year-old with an IQ of 120 would have the same test scores as the average 12-year-old. IQ is set up so that the average IQ for each age group is 100. Intelligence itself might peak in adolescence, though -- but the decline is slow.

Aside from those quibbles, interesting post!

Thanks for the book recommendation.

Minor factual correction: The info that IQ peaks is outdated and damaging. It does not in fact peak, and can be grown at any time simply by exercising using your mind. You *can* be smarter!

(Its dangerous as a "fact" because stating it demotivates children who do not think they are smart).

Hi Steve, and PM Tool & Techniques person

Thanks for your comments, you are correct that IQ models have changed and modern scores known as "deviance IQ" are less age specific, while the older method age-specific scores are referred to as "ratio IQ." I should have clarified this but really just wanted to get onto the topic of EQ. The concept of exercising your mind does indeed improve your IQ test results, although some (Jaeggi, et al) attribute a portion of the results to learning how to better answer IQ type questions than purely increased intelligence.

Anyway, while my intent was to help introduce some ideas around EQ, I recognize I over simplified the topic of IQ. I appreciate your clarifications; thanks for reading and commenting.

Best regards
Mike

A very enjoyable post to read. I've never been particularly happy that IQ tests measure a broad spectrum of intelligence, more an ability to resolve a small spectrum of problems. I couldn't agree more that the ability to understand and manage others in context with your own behaviour is vital.

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