The Science of Success (and Failure)

Catherine Sanderson – Amherst College

Most people focus on the importance of cognitive intelligence in predicting academic and professional success. But a growing amount of evidence suggests that other traits – including the ability to control impulses, manage adversity, find internal motivation, and build relationships – are essential in achieving the best outcomes in both personal and professional relationships. This talk will therefore focus on the importance of so-called emotional intelligence (or EQ) in predicting success, and provide specific strategies for increasing your own EQ.