Why smart leaders possess more Qs than most


By Wikus van Vuuren, Director: Academic Quality at GIMT

By definition most people believe that the word "smart' equates to IQ - that ability to absorb information and use it in the best possible way, be it in an exam or daily decision making.

And although the above isn?t entirely inaccurate, "smart' actually represents more than mere above-average intelligence.

It is also in this context that that the term "smart leadership' takes on an entirely different meaning. A "smart leader' is so much more than just an intelligent one. In fact, these leaders possess more of the Qs than your Average Joe.

So, let?s look at the Qs that drive today?s "smart leaders':

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) - For some this represents so much more than the most traditional Q of them all, IQ. EQ is that uncanny ability to be authentic and mature in your engagements and relationships with your colleagues, clients and other stakeholders.

Spiritual Intelligence (SQ) - Once a big leadership and coaching buzz word it has well and truly moved beyond this status and today forms an integral part of "smart leaders?' differentiators. SQ refers to a leader?s spiritual awareness; that understanding of the bigger picture and where he or she fits in.

Physical Intelligence (PQ) - The latest of the Qs, it has become a very important focus point and emphasises that in order to be a "smart leader? you must also be physically attuned, taking care of your body as part of an integrated mind - body continuum..

Apart from possessing the Qs, "smart leaders' can also be described as knowledge workers. Truly smart leaders are not only specialists in specific disciplines but they essentially have the ability to think and solve problems systematically. Seeing the bigger picture is one their greatest assets.

Taking a step back to the Qs, today?s "smart leaders' truly understand themselves and are good at personal mastery. They are aware of their strengths - where they can make a difference - but more importantly, they have true insight into their weaknesses and accept them through their mature EQ.

If you look at it practically, qualifications do not necessarily make good leaders, they only create specialists. Understanding your people and the organisation and the ability to take a concept and applying it practically are the true elements that define "smart leaders'.

In short, "smart leaders? are those that make a positive impact on the business which is enabled through continuous learning and building the strengths of the people around them while honing those all-important four Qs.