From Dan Goleman to David Brooks, experts have been hitting them over the head the need for emotional intelligence. It's how you size up what partners and clients need and give it to them in the emotional packaging they need that make you successful.
A competiting meme has arrived. BUSINESS INSIDER features it. At TED Talks, psychologist Angela Lee Duckworth put out there that success is due to grit or determination. Here is that coverage.
Instead of being discouraged by a professional setback those with grit step up their efforts. The partner hates you. You pull out all stops winning her over. She recommends you for the partner track. The law degree doesn't earn you a dime so you do interview successful people about how they would leverage a law degree, had they earned one. You make a documentary of that. You get a fat grant to make more such documentaries. You're a partner who the law firm cut loose. Instead of hiding you get certified as an executive coach, guide displaced professionals, and scale the concept through franchises.
Duckworth may have something to her theory. But success is more complex than raw determination. George W. Bush seemed short on grit and he was a two-term president.