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Leadership Conversations – The question of EGO

The Leader’s BQ

When we meet leaders, the first impressions are about how they carry themselves – it could be their sartorial style, their communication style, their confidence, how they emote, how they carry themselves, how they quote and how they relate to people, possessions, information – basically anything that motivates, challenges or moves them. All of these attributes form part of the Leader’s Persona or ‘Brand Quotient’ – we like to call this the ‘Visible EGO’.

The Leader’s IQ

We are always quick to judge leaders by how knowledgeable they are, the books they like to read, the way they connect or interpret the big picture, the way they process and present information, the way they praise, review and critique others and the way they demonstrate thought leadership. There are rare leaders we have met who have the humility to say, ‘We are a wonderful team who learn everyday’ or even a simple ‘I don’t know it all’. Our favorite label for this is ‘Intellectual Quotient’ – we like to call it the ‘Conscious EGO

The Leader’s EQ

The next aspect which sets a leader apart is to observe and understand how they handle emotional states and situations – after all there is a human being behind the persona of a leader and human beings at the other end of the relationship as well. This is another area where we try to judge the effectiveness of a leader – how they express, how they connect, how they decide, how they relate to an individual or a group, how they deal with stress, how they balance their own emotional states when handling several others’ situations. This is often referred to as ‘Emotional Quotient’ – we like to call it the ‘Intrinsic EGO

The Leader’s SQ

Leaders are usually spirited and tenacious people who stand apart, stand tall for themselves and for others and often are the ‘spirit’ behind the activity, organization or revolution. We like to look at this aspect from a leader’s core values, beliefs, behaviours and vision. This also visible as various elements of culture, communication and the ability to influence other people towards powerful outcomes and results. This can be called as the ‘Spiritual Quotient’ – we like to call it ‘Resilient EGO’

The Leader’s PQ

Leaders are not complete unless they demonstrate their relevance towards others – as another human being. Leaders have identities beyond their organizational roles in their families, society and community where they make themselves relevant to the lives of others and requires a strong service orientation – the degree of this relevance can vary depending on the energy and attention they give to this set of activities. This is sometimes called ‘People Quotient’ – we like to call it ‘Giving EGO’

In summary

Leaders can channelize their persona, strengths, emotions, spirit and a love for humanity and shape the outcomes of their actions in a powerful and meaningful way by making these relevant in a larger context than just their lives – the ‘EGO’ element like passion is the catalyst for leaders to act in a persistent manner until the outcome is achieved and this is when a leader truly feels happy and successful.

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