Thursday, February 16, 2006

IQ, EQ, AQ and now Executive Quotient

I recently read an executive book summary on Executive Intelligence – What All Great Leaders Have, by Justin Menkes (so one of my time tips might be to read executive summaries, although I don’t generally like reading executive summaries because they tend to not speed read easily and they often are one person’s interpretation or synthesis of a book. When I read the book and I compare it to the summary, I often get different information from the book.)

The thesis of the book is although IQ is a great predictor of probable success on the job, executive intelligence involves more than just IQ. The thesis of the book is that there are three primary intelligences that the executive has to have:

1. Task intelligence – the ability to find problems, solve them, and move them forward.

2. People Intelligence - the ability to communicate and get along with people – recognize conclusions and motivations of individuals including emotional interactions.

3. Self Knowledge - great leaders need to know themselves. They need to pursue and encourage feedback. They need to understand their strengths and their weaknesses. (and of course, I view life as one big quest for self knowledge so definitely can buy this one)

I have always liked books about the Qs. One of my favourite books is AQ on adversity quotient therory -- adversity and the ability to deal with it is what makes people successful. I am a great believer in EQ Emotional Quotient – the theory to get along and communicate with people is more important than other Qs and of course it would be great to have a high IQ. I am sure there are a lot of other Qs.

When I was young, my mother used to tell me to mind my Ps and Qs; and I have a good start on the Q's.


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