History has taught us one cardinal lesson of life – Life is a competition and, that our intelligence is not ingrained in the genes, but in the education, experience and opportunities of life. Thus, everyone stands good chance to outperform in respective fields of work, starting from earning educational lessons in school to developing great companies and nations. This literally is a reminiscence of the plethoric range of inspirational quotes and saying from some great people who have contributed to the history of a nation and mankind, attributing to the success of dreams and developing individual characters, the society, various companies and, above all, humanity.

Looking back at the daunting number of successful people –examples like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs and others – how do you think these people succeeded in life despite being school or college drop outs? They aspired to be what they are with the correct vision and mission in mind. They are the Stars. Stars are born out of one common element – Executive Intelligence.

Executive Intelligence is one of the most crucial elements for success in today’s corporate and business world. The art that trains you to get things done is the constituent element of executive intelligence. Make no mistake of isolating this trait, discipline or attribute; this is more than just a tactic you can deploy. This is rather a system of several interwoven elements that helps in developing a sportive personality and stronger character with distinct aptitudes. There are some core elements needed, such as critical thinking, adaptation, assign tasks to people and self and to set up work environment, and self assessment. Precisely, it is the science and art of aligning one’s own people and self to achieve one common goal realistically.

The impact of an individual on the overall performance of a business or organization has always been debated, and this debate has focused on various issues, including the compensation of CEOs. The traits of leadership and its importance in the growth of an organization is also a datable topic. Some studies to examine the style and personality attribute to effective leadership skills, while others prefer to give greater importance to some form of intelligence.

Justin Meknes’s book, Executive Intelligence, proposes a set of hypotheses stating that much has been emphasized on style and personality while too little to intelligence and types of leadership enhancing performance. When work performance or output is to be predicted, cognitive ability tests are around 10 times more certain and powerful as any personality assessment test. It was also cited that personality cannot be a differentiator of exemplary talent. It is basically the facility for clarity of thoughts of an individual that determines the success of leadership.

Executive intelligence is important for the growth and succeeds of a business simply because it refers to the set of abilities which enables executives to give their highest level of performance – their self-awareness, social intelligence, and ability to grasp information, capability to analyze and assess situations accurately and to take a decision.

A business does not rest on definitions or jargon. As such, it is more important to determine the implication of executive intelligence rather than trying to define it. The number-crunch power is not what exactly executive intelligence is all about; it is more about the capability of evaluating situations and taking the necessary action.  It is also the sum of various parts of organization behavior, such as emotional intelligence, personality values, experience and IQ. Perfect demonstration lies in the ability to demonstrate the act and, further, execute it. Application of executive intelligence will only assure a sound information processing that will produce decisions – execution, however, is the key ingredient that creates a great leader.



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