3 Tips to Enhance Your Leadership IQ

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By Peter Tarhanidis

The boards I serve have common opportunities and challenges revolving around promoting a brand, balancing the operating budget and growing capital. Yet, while flawless leadership is expected, in actuality it is difficult to sustain.

As I reflected on why many organizations were challenged around execution, I realized that executives must improve their leadership intelligence around three key factors to enable success:

  1. Improve speed and quality. When leaders struggle to make quick or quality decisions, it’s often viewed as not having the right team in place, or not having enough intelligence on the matter or the specific responsibilities related to the decision. One can increase cognitive abilities through investing in formal education, training and access to subject matter experts to gain the necessary knowledge.
  2. Repair team alienation and restore loss of confidence. Building trust in teams can improve leadership intelligence. Commit to a path of restoring relationships by understanding yourself and others. Assess emotional intelligence techniques to gain self-awareness and rationale for team motivation.
  3. Become aware of stakeholders on social media. Thanks to social media, a large audience judges every executive decision. Expand stakeholder relationship management to include communication and change management via social media channels. Seek out team members who are knowledgeable in social media so that they can proactively engage stakeholders and integrate feedback to reduce blind spots.

In my experience as a mentor and leadership coach, these tips can help align decision-making, leader accountability and stakeholder engagement to the needs of the customers, and improve the overall culture of the organization. As a result, the brand will come to life.

How have you improved your leadership intelligence?

Posted by Peter Tarhanidis on: September 06, 2017 10:54 PM | Permalink

Comments (11)

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Thanks for interesting article.

Thanks for sharing

Hi Napat and Eduin,

You are welcome!



I improved my leadership intelligence substantially by joining Toastmasters, ten years ago. Through experiential projects and roles, I not only bettered myself as a leader but I also learned how to make leaders.

It amazes me how some people have such little empathy (not talking about anyone specific). Some people simply cannot put themselves in other people's shoes and that is worth gold in many cases.

Thanks for the article

Thanks for the article

I hear you, Michael. I know that a lack of empathy is expected from sociopaths. The question I ask myself is can a person lack empathy without being a sociopath?

Stéphane - I agree with the fact that we can have increase in leadership IQ as we grow and have enough hands on experience of leadership activities. Once you are mature enough then you can have ability to produce leaders. As well as produce the leaders who have ability to produce other leaders. It reminds me concept of 5 Levels of Leadership of John Maxwell (5 Levels of Leadership, The: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential - Book by John C. Maxwell).

John C. Maxwell is a Toastmaster's Golden Gavel recipient.

I have found most people just want to be contacted (communicated with regularly). Even if its quick here and there. Too often, it's easy to get lost in the shuffle of big companies and not communicated with effectively which leads to dissent.

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