In modern business today, it is impossible to achieve success without having to depend or rely on someone else. Programmes are large scale, high risk and carried out over different site locations, countries, using a network of influencers and deliverers. Yes, the ability to process information quickly and coherently is needed, but assuming an adequate level of intelligence, the differentiator is the ability to form lasting relationships and develop trust, quickly and authentically.
Here's a great infographic reflecting recent research into how to be successful today:
In fact, research suggests that intellect may not define success nearly as much as we've thought. Being smart can take you far, but emotional intelligence may be even more important than an exceptional intellect. Dr. Arthur Poropat, senior lecturer at Griffith University, conducted reviews on the "Big 5" personality factors: conscientiousness, openness, emotional stability, extraversion, and agreeableness. People with high levels of these traits were more likely to achieve high grades than people with high IQs. Other research from the Carnegie Institute of Technology found that emotional intelligence is a far more important success factor than standard intelligence when it comes to your financial success. In fact, 85 percent of financial success comes from people skills and just 15 percent comes from technical knowledge.