Today’s tech industry is thriving, with CompTIA projecting there will be nearly 250,000 net new tech jobs created in 2021, in addition to the 3.9 million tech job postings opened in 2020.

It reminds me of the tech market 30 years ago, when I was graduating college. Back then, most of the hiring focus was on programming skills and intellectual capability. Heck, the company I worked for was recruiting anyone with a college degree and training them on COBOL and JCL. It was all about getting folks who had the aptitude to produce code.

This time around, however, I think the leaders of the tech industry understand the world has changed. Hard skills are only part of the equation.

The Importance of EQ in Tech

As the CEO of Trissential, the US-based arm of global IT consulting firm Expleo, I’m still in the technology game. One thing is clear to me as we face what looks like another big hiring boom in tech: We have to lean into the emotional intelligence (EQ) of the folks we’re hiring and leading.

In case you’re not familiar with the term, EQ refers to one’s ability to manage their own emotions so they can communicate, empathize, overcome challenges, and defuse conflict. If we want our technology teams to succeed today, we need to nurture EQ.

This article by Keith Korsi, Trissential CEO appears in full at here.