EQ: Just how crucial is it in an employee?

It is no surprise that intellectual ability is one of the top traits recruiters look for in candidates.

An outstanding GPA on a graduate's resume, for instance, can certainly go some way in piquing the interest of an employer. Yet what many don't realise is that the other side of the coin – EQ, or emotional intelligence – can be just as, if not more, important.

That's because in the modern business world, mere brainpower just isn't enough to make for an adept, well-rounded employee.

Take recent research from the University of Toronto and the University of Pennsylvania, for instance. Their joint study found that people with higher emotional intelligence consistently reported better decision-making skills.

According to Professor Stephane Cote of the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management, this was because such individuals possessed the ability to remove extraneous emotions and anxieties from the decision-making process.

“People often make decisions that are influenced by emotions that have nothing to do with the decisions they are making,” he says.

“Research has found that we fall prey to this all the time