The rising discussion on the importance of emotional intelligence for lawyers is music to my ears.  It encapsulates so much of what I found difficult about working in certain environments and why I enjoyed working in-house so much.  As co-founder of Halebury, EQ is an essential part of our recruitment process and the skillset of our team.  When you are being parachuted into a team and business to help on strategic projects or even BAU, the ability to "monitor your own and other people’s emotions, to distinguish between different emotions and label them appropriately, and to use this information to guide your thinking and behaviour" (a definition set out in this article), has to be part of your skillset.

The leadership abilities and skills of lawyers are being called on more than ever and as this article highlights, EQ is one of the key differentiators of great leaders.