As a consultant in a big six consulting firm in the 80's, I was told to keep my emotions at home because management consultants don't have emotions. 15 years later, the same firm hired me to teach their global, internal consultants leadership - including a component of emotional intelligence.
Now we know that emotional intelligence is a better determiner of leadership success than IQ - yet we still organize academic institutions around the notion that the analytic and rational are the most important intelligences.
Jeremy Rifkin, President of The Foundation on Economic Trends and the bestselling author of nineteen books on the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, the workforce, society, and the environment, has created a groundbreaking presentation on how we can build future sustainability on empathy.
If we can grasp the profound notion that we are beings created to empathize with our fellow beings and therefore should organize our thinking, behavior, choices and institution around it, then our world is indeed sustainable.
I urge you to take a look at this and be encouraged!