What is intelligence, and how does it relat to excellence or success?
- "Got a good boss? He's no Einstein
Date: May 26 2005
By Leon Gettler
You don't have to be smart to be a boss - in fact, it's better if
you're not. According to global corporate psychologists YSC, the
successful executive is no Einstein.
YSC principal Angela David said: "Bright people can often get it wrong
and those that are the most successful are rarely the most
intelligent. Social, emotional and practical intelligence is not
assessed in IQ tests but can often lie behind the achievements of
YSC, which consults to the FTSE's top 100 in Britain and has now set
up operations in Australia, said the best leaders were not necessarily
good team players who could cope with a wide range of demands, the
types held up as models in management literature.
According to Ms David, the best are typically unusual characters. They
are not well rounded but have distinctive and crucial strengths.
They are bright, but not necessarily the most intelligent. If they
have an IQ above 160, they should apply for another job.
Nor are they driven by money, status or job security. For them,
according to Ms David, it's about making a difference.
They have lots of self-assurance without being cocky, they are not
scared of standing out from the pack and feel no need to fit in, and
they are able to simplify complex problems.
She said YSC looked for "spike" factors in a CEO's profile. A "spike"
was a brilliant ability or signature strength that identified ideal
corporate professionals. "It could be as a deal maker, a motivator, or
they may possess tremendous strategic capabilities," she said.
But then, the "spike" has its problems too. Jeff Skilling, former CEO
of Enron, the high-flying Texas energy company that declared
bankruptcy in 2001, hired people he called "guys with spikes".
History shows that wasn't a smart way to run a business."
(source: The Age, < www.thesge.com.au >)