1. EQ vs. IQ and Ego in Leadership with Zach White Ken Schmitt 45:49

The interplay between emotional intelligence (EQ), intellectual prowess (IQ), and the delicate dance with one’s ego creates a symphony that either propels or hinders leadership. While a high IQ may open the door to innovative ideas and strategic thinking, it is the often underestimated EQ that holds the key to unlocking genuine connections and navigating the complex landscape of human emotions.

In this episode, we delve into the complexities of effective leadership with my captivating guest—Zach White, the visionary founder of Oasis of Courage, a global Coaching firm committed to shaping leaders. Zach brings a refreshing and dynamic perspective to leadership—one that recognizes the indispensable roles of both heart and mind on the path to becoming an influential and effective leader. 

Explore a range of fascinating topics, from leadership intricacies to the foundations of knowledge. Zach shares valuable insights on how leaders can adapt to their team dynamics. Discover the impact of blending EQ and IQ as Zach draws insightful parallels. Finding the right balance between intellect, emotional intelligence, and ego is key for exceptional leaders who not only predict the future but also inspire their teams. Get practical tips and strategies to bridge the gap between intellectual strength and emotional understanding, creating a roadmap for excellent leadership.

Join us as we go beyond the surface of leadership, questioning the traditional belief that intelligence alone guarantees success. Zach unravels the secrets to making a lasting impact within your team by emphasizing the crucial role of emotional intelligence. This episode offers a fresh perspective on leadership, showcasing how cultivating emotional acumen is a key ingredient for leadership success.

About Our Guest, Zach White:

Meet Zach White, a trailblazing engineer, career transformation coach, and the vibrant host of “The Happy Engineer” podcast.  Zach kickstarted his academic journey at Purdue University, earning a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering before pursuing an M.S. in the same field at the University of Michigan. With over 11 years of dedicated service at Whirlpool, Zach honed his engineering skills in various roles, showcasing his prowess in the corporate landscape. However, fueled by a passion for guiding professionals towards success, he took a bold step and transitioned from his thriving corporate career to establish his own Coaching business. Zach’s keen insights into major shifts and strategic approaches for career success have empowered him to make a meaningful impact on the lives of leaders. Join Zach White on his journey as he inspires and transforms the career trajectories of individuals, making waves in the world of Coaching.

Ken Schmitt Podcaster, Author, and CEO

Ken Schmitt has been recruiting for 26 years. A San Diego native, he grew up in an entrepreneurial household with a father who was a Jack in the Box franchisee for 25 years and a mother who left the accounting world to become a real estate agent.

In 1998, Ken answered an ad in the newspaper for a recruiting job and never looked back. After spending 9 years working for a local boutique firm, a large regional firm, and one of the world’s largest Executive Search firms, Heidrick & Struggles, he launched TurningPoint Executive Search in 2007 and now employs 7 professionals in a 100% remote work environment.

In 2023, Ken published “The Practical Optimist: An Entrepreneurial Journey Through Life’s TurningPoints” through Advantage Publishing. He also launched a new podcast of the same name, highlighting everyday people who are making an extraordinary impact on their families, their business, and their community.