Why emotional intelligence is just as important as legal skills and experience
Abstract: Law firms generally look at lawyers’ academic performance, experience and technical skills when assessing whether they’re viable candidates for the firm. But emotional intelligence — a person’s social and emotional functioning or “soft skills” — is another gauge you can use to measure the potential future success of lawyers you’re thinking about hiring. You can also use it to help identify future firm leaders. Fortunately, people don’t have to be born with emotional intelligence; with proper training they can develop it. This article explains how you can enhance your lawyers’ job satisfaction and run your office more smoothly by understanding emotional intelligence.