First let me say Happy fourth of July to all of our American community members. Consider well the meaning of todays celebration and the freedom it represents. This is a special day when we recall the history of a proud nation who had the courage to lead for themselves instead of accepting an unacceptable political solution.
Well two days ago we read Irene’s argument for leadership development, today she will share her model with us. This model has an elegant simplicity to it yet is complex and thorough in its deployment. I love the elements it represents as the clarity from each dimension of the model resonates deeply with the leader inside me. I hope that you too see the power of this model and engage Irene in a discussion on how to deploy this model in your own life.
“In the past a leader was a boss. Today’s leaders must be partners with their people; they no longer can lead solely based on positional power.” Ken Blanchard
Q Strengths develop not simply by appreciating our wins, strengths, skills and advancing our learning; but by changing the paradigm by also using our changes, challenges, stressors, transitions, turning points and even crises to build powerful insights, tools and strategies that help us develop:
QI-IQ-Enhanced mind power, greater whole brain thinking, the ability to think faster, better, farther, differently and more while building greater effectiveness and action-ability under stress.
Q2-EQ- Emotional intelligence or EQ/EI is our learned ability to understand and manage our emotions, understand the emotions of others while using our thoughts and emotions to inspire, engage and lead the best in ourselves and others.
Q3- SQ-The power within. Spiritual quotient, the intangible but powerful connection with one’s higher power, the greater good, the G-d force; a quotient that is critical because it puts our brains into the alpha state that is a critical driver of our other two powerful Q strengths.
Change the paradigm? Fail forward? Develop a different perspective about those actions and events that have traditionally been considered negative? Yes, now more than ever before we need to cultivate the powerful habit, the new optic, eyesight or perspective that can help us see the changes, challenges, competition, stressors, transitions, turning points and even crises we face with new eyes that accelerate and sustain our 3Q Edge.
Are you ready to lead? Do you want to become a change agent? Is it time to live, lead and succeed to purpose? Consider this, in every great challenge there is a great learning, it is our ability to step away from ego, to move past our need to be validated and cultivate our ability to become a problem transformer, a leader, a pioneer, a trailblazer that can help us move molehills and mountains.
“Leaders need to be optimists. Their vision is beyond the present.” Rudy Giuliani, Mayor of New York City
The choice is yours, the time is now to get off the fence and decide if you will follow or lead by developing your Q strengths. Will you be challenged by what you can achieve by using your new eyes do develop your 3Q Edge™, or will you stay in the comfort zone and wait for the next wave of change to lead you?
So in the coming days you can expect to see other posts from Irene offering practical real world advice on how you can enhance your strengths in these three Q dimensions. If you have any questions or comments lets start the discussion. Irene is eager to engage with you and share how you can enhance your leadership effectiveness.