When that started was probably with the GI Bill which opened college to the masses and we all learned about the scientific method. John F. Kennedy, no Big Brain, was shrewd enough to stock his circle with plenty of gray matter. So was Ronald Reagan.
Then came Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, et al. We were made to worship at the altar of high intelligence.
Now that's all unraveling. The Big Brain is not enough. In fact, it's become a joke.
Ha-ha-ha. Monica Lewinsky is back, reminding us that Bill, despite his Big Brain, couldn't master his impluses. Look at Hillary with her Big Brain stumbling in public speaking. Intellectual Obama could go down in history as a mediocre leader. When it comes to choosing a lawyer or law firm, prospects are too sophisticated and bloodied by legal/regulatory battles to select on the basis of Big Brain reputation. Instead, they require evidence of a track record, cagey strategy, and how to work media.
The shift is not to Emotional Intelligence (EI) per se. It's more toward a composite of mindset and skills which differentiates those who win more often than they lose from the wicked smart with potential.
Will the emerging persona be the go-to person who gets things done, fast and cost effectively? He or she might not have a high-profile. If they have to take on one to run for president or be the lead counsel for a trial, they will do that okay. But that's not what the media and other constituencies will focus on. Instead it will be outcomes.
One outcome we want is a higher growth economy.