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LEADERSHIP IS A PROCESS OF SOCIAL INFLUENCE, WHICH MAXIMISES THE EFFORTS OF OTHERS TOWARDS THE ACHIEVEMENT OF A SHARED GOAL.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Daniel Goleman made a compelling and accurate case nearly two decades ago that Emotional Intelligence (EQ) was more important to leadership effectiveness and performance than IQ. But most attempts at increasing EQ have resulted only in temporary improvements. The reason is that a more foundational and core intelligence has been ignored, which is a pre-cursor to high EQ, namely Positive Intelligence (PQ). Without a solid PQ foundation, many of our attempts at improvements fail due to self-sabotage.
Your mind is your best friend, but it is also your worst enemy, involved in self-sabotage. To illustrate, when your mind tells you that you should prepare for tomorrow’s important meeting, it is acting as your friend, causing positive action. When it wakes you up at 3:00 a.m. anxious about the meeting and warning you for the hundredth time about the many consequences of failing, it is acting as your enemy; it is simply exhausting your mental resources without any redeeming value. No friend would do that.
Your PQ is the percentage of time your mind is serving you as opposed to sabotaging you. For example, a PQ of 75 means that your mind is serving you 75% of the time and sabotaging you about 25% of the time. Compelling evidence from a synthesis of research in psychology, neuroscience, and organisational science shows that with higher PQ teams and professionals ranging from leaders to salespeople perform 30-35% better on average. What’s more, they report being far happier and less stressed.
In this video, author and Stanford lecturer Shirzad Chamine introduces Positive Intelligence. He shows how your Positive Intelligence score or PQ dramatically affects both your performance and personal fulfilment. He reveals the 10 Saboteurs that are our hidden internal enemies and how to combat them.