There has been a lot of conversation around the subject of intelligence quotient or IQ of leaders. Intelligence relates to the ability of an individual to adapt to new situations or face new challenges and proffer solutions based on their existing knowledge and this performance is measured and scored.

Stanford-Binet has developed the intelligence scale which classifies the measured performance of individuals into low average (below 80), average (80-119), superior (120-129), gifted (130-144) and very gifted or highly advanced (145-160). The scale is simple, and you can attempt to measure and classify your intelligence and that of your team.

However, intelligent leaders are not assessed based on their mental acuity alone, by finding out their quotient in the Stanford-Binet scale. The ability to solve a problem like a genius and lead a team to success is embedded in key leadership attributes or competencies like problem identification, decision-making, team building, collaboration, emotional intelligence, communication, social skills and talent management. A leader must build their capacity by building these competencies. Leadership is not an obsession. It is the ability to make a difference. It is the strength to give what you have to others for their benefit and future.

These eight competencies form the core of intelligent leadership and can help you handle challenges, see through haze, make decisions and save delicate situations. The ability to think on your feet and proffer solutions without running amok makes you an intelligent leader. Your leadership intelligence will not be complete if you are lacking these competencies and success will always elude you because you do not have the prerequisite skills to lead and make a difference.

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