Good, successful leaders generally develop different kinds of intelligence.
- IQ of course, the intelligence quotient
- EQ, quotient related to emotional intelligence
- What Jack Ma (Founder & Executive Chairman of the Chinese internet giant Alibaba) calls the “LQ”, quotient of love which machines will never have, a soul!
Leaders, Educators, Guardians, Parents should pay attention to the education system. As Martin Luther King Jr. once said: “Intelligence plus Character, that is the goal of a true education”.
IQ will give you the invitation to enter, i.e in a job interview, but EQ will let you get the job or make the deal. Just look at all these TV shows, Project Runway, The Chef or the Apprentice, the winner has always been the person with the highest EQ, not IQ.
”In a few hundred years, when the history of our time will be written from a long-term perspective, it is likely that the most important event historians will see is not technology, not the Internet, not e-commerce. It is an unprecedented change in the human condition. For the first time — literally — substantial and rapidly growing numbers of people have choices. For the first time, they will have to manage themselves. And society is totally unprepared for it.” – Peter Drucker, “Managing Knowledge Means Managing Oneself”.
The Ancient Greek Aphorism “know thyself” famously stated by Socrates from his trial is a lesson that is important for leaders, namely, unless you examine and reflect on your life you will not grow, develop or reach your potential. It’s only as you examine your life that you get to know yourself and to understand your personal motivations, values, desires, talents and strengths. It’s in developing these personal insights that provides the foundation of all successful leadership.