A lot of talking on these boards has to do with what it takes to be a successful investment banker, trader, or anything related to business. For all of these, certain traits are critical i.e. hard work and attention to detail. I see a lot of people coming on these boards with the expectation that a 3.9 out of a target school will land them their dream job, which is no doubt true to some extent. However, let's just assume that an investment bank takes all of these qualified candidates...what happens to them down the road? Surely some luck will have to do with who gets promoted but as they say "luck is when preparation meets opportunity." It's my belief that emotional intelligence is something that should be addressed more on the boards.
I would argue that there at least 30 IQ points that can be overcome in being successful. To phrase it simply, I think at a certain level there is no difference in the likelihood of being successful in this game between someone with an IQ of 126 versus 156. Both of these people will have more than the necessary skills to be successful in the field of finance. Therefore, I think the people who truly excel are those who often possess certain intangibles that can't be measured by grades. I think of these as the street smart skills--simply knowing how to make money or knowing what your opponent is going to do. This is kind of the reasonfirms are willing to take risks on poker players---they are unique and bring assets that aren't measured directly on paper or IQ. There are a lot of these things just as creativity, thinking outside the box, common social skills (something I feel a lot of people lack) that are critical in distinguishing these distinguished analysts the first day they walk in.
So I guess what I'm really asking is if people would agree to some level with my thinking, and if so, how do people go about maximizing their emotional intelligence?