They say people are every company's greatest resource. But not all are created equal. And everyone can be measured. When assessing talent, the qualities that make people stand out the most are cognitive (as in IQ level), technical (as in skill proficiency) and emotional intelligence. While cognitive and technical qualities are typically those required to do a job, it's the emotional intelligence that determines how good someone will be at it. And the higher up someone is in an organization, the more important his or her level of emotional intelligence will be.
Via Jenny Ebermann