- January 31, 2017
- Posted by: hpiadmin
- Category: Power Ideas
Although there is no one-size-fits-all profile, to better understand what characterizes Conscious Leaders, let’s explore what the book has to say about the following two questions:
1) What do Conscious Leaders do?
- They inspire others to make the world a better place because they themselves are so passionate and committed to that end.
- They weave a sense of higher purpose into the very fabric of their organizations and they reinforce it through storytelling and engaging people’s emotions.
- They recognize that all people have value and unique talents to contribute, and they provide opportunities for personal learning and growth.
- They rely on the higher purpose and core values of the organization to guide them as they make difficult moral choices (where there is no clear right or wrong option) that result in the greatest value for all stakeholders.
According to Mackey and Sisodia, in addition to high analytical intelligence as measured by “IQ” tests, Conscious Leaders also have high levels of Emotional Intelligence (EQ), Spiritual Intelligence (SQ) and Systems Iintelligence (SYQ).
- Emotional Intelligence is comprised of intrapersonal and interpersonal capabilities such as self-awareness and empathy for others. High levels of EQ have increasingly been shown to strongly correlate with leadership success.
- Spiritual Intelligence, as defined in the book Spiritual Capital: Wealth We Can Live By, is how “we access our deepest meanings, values, purposes and higher motivations”. Also described as moral intelligence, SQenables leaders to align people with a higher purpose and also to more quickly sense when they are getting off track.
- Systems Intelligence refers to systems thinking. It allows us to see the bigger picture and understand the linkages and interactions of various elements of a system or organization. Leaders with high SYQ apply root cause solutions to problems, and often anticipate and prevent issues in the first place.
Research shows that much of what is required to be a successful leader can be learned. With that in mind, next week’s Power Idea will explore how leaders can grow personally and professionally to develop their capabilities as Conscious Leaders. In the meantime, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions or comments. And remember, we are always happy to set up a complimentary, one-hour consultation to assist with your leadership development or other performance improvement needs.