Emotional Intelligence Is Key To MBA Admissions Success...

Anyone who’s ever taken a cursory glance at MBA admissions literature has probably noticed one thing: candidates with serious quantitative skills are in high demand. If you’re applying to business school, you’ve got to demonstrate how accurate and efficient your number-crunching powers are, whether by GMAT scores, previous work experience, or some other metric. Historically, what often gets played down or overlooked among applicants are less quantifiable skills, like emotional intelligence. EQ is the latest b-school buzzword making the rounds. This is part of an industry-wide effort to “make MBA students more…interpersonally savvy,” believes Paul Bodine, of Paul Bodine Consulting/Admitify. Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management’s ‘how have you grown’ essay prompt is an example of how “all top schools now encourage candidates to be authentic about their personal growth in their applications,” says Paul, “partly because they want students who have the self-honesty and self-knowledge to be able to admit to and learn from mistakes and setbacks.” Recent studies correlate EQ with personal and professional success. Indeed, Aarti Ramaswami, academic director of the ESSEC Global MBA, published a paper exploring the topic, drawing connections between EQ and salary. Emotional intelligence is a loosely defined skillset that people use to interpret the emotions of others, manage their own emotions, and inspire teams, which is where the true value of EQ arises… Read full story:...