How Does Character And Intellect Connect To Leadership?
If we were to dial back the clock a few decades, it would not be uncommon to see that the main criteria companies used to hire potential leaders was a high IQ. It was common belief that a person with this great intellect would make good decisions and lead the company to success. While brain smarts are necessary, there are two types of intelligence that make a leader effective.
Research now recognizes that emotional intelligence and character are an essential component of effective leadership. We all can recall an individual in a leadership role who was a brilliant thinker but had great difficulty understanding how to connect with people. What we know now is that the person with a high IQ can only influence others by developing and learning the how to connect with people on an emotional level.
Our research demonstrates that human being makes decisions first for emotional reasons and then secondly for rational reasons. Groundbreaking research that solidifies our notion that both head and heart are a critical component in the skill set of an effective leader. Character quotient represents the strength of your character. While your brain may be valuable to someone else, your beliefs only hold value for you and are not to be compromised.
When a person has high character IQ, they are unlikely to compromise their beliefs based on temptations such as money or promotion, and this makes them a great asset to any company. When identifying people that will drive long-term success and significance, the elements needed to achieve this are:
A sharp mind ( high IQ )
A strong ability to influence people on an emotionless level ( high EQ )
A strong positive character ( high CQ )
The first step is to recognize the importance of character and its impact on behavior and decision making. Once you acknowledge the three elements as part of a philosophy that is about building a culture, it gives you power. How you lead others matters and knowing how others think and react to you will bring you much success if you use the tools offered in this article.
There are three main reasons why some people who understand ethics in an intelligent manner do not always choose ethical actions.
Some people think that the rules don’t apply to them
Some people don’t believe that there are rules
Some are not impressed with ethics
While the causes vary, character education on the part of both parents and schools can help create children with both intelligence and integrity. What is fascinating is that there are people who are perfectly intelligent people who believe that the rules of personal ethical conduct do not apply to them, only to other people. When belief like this happens, it is because intellect outstrips integrity.
While not many people will openly acknowledge that they think themselves unique, their actions often show that they believe that the rules of personal conduct do not apply to them.
Fortunately, there has been a growing interest in character education, and that seems to be a step in the right direction. To live a life of purpose we have to align our character and intelligence. Only a well-rounded person becomes an exceptional leader because their mindset is open and sharing their insights and knowledge is a given.
Until the next time, take good care and be well.
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