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Let’s Talk mQ

The Multiple Intelligences Required in Leadership

By Suzanne Henwood and Grant Soosalu

The good leaders are the ones who are comfortable in their own skins. They understand what they are about — they understand their purpose in life and their strengths. They have a level of comfort with themselves that leads to a level of comfort with others.”

– Dan Pink

Leadership is complex and it is clear that preferred styles and the need for different forms of leadership have changed over time. In our current VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) environment we are being called to look deeply at the sort of leadership required for taking us forward into the unknown territory of exponential change that lies ahead.

Informed by the latest emerging neuroscience, and our burgeoning knowledge about the multiple brains (head, heart, gut, autonomic), along with new data on embodied cognition and interoceptive (inner) wisdom now available to us, we would like to propose the need for multiple forms of intelligence (mQ) in leadership.

The science is clear, leaders have multiple intelligences they can draw on if they know how to access them:

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