The 7 intelligences of the leader

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Following the creation of the model The 7 intelligences of the leader ®, Les Echos published an interview and my model under the title: So, what intelligences do you recognize yourself?

There is not just one type of intelligence. For a leader, here are seven particularly useful ones, defined by Sylvaine Messica, expert coach and speaker in leadership.

We have long known how to distinguish emotional intelligence from rational intelligence. But we can also define many other forms. Which ones are really useful for leading a business and managing a team? According to Sylvaine Messica, coach and speaker in leadership, there are seven who, all added up, make the ideal leader. A rare bird. One thing is certain, a gifted rational person who is incapable of using his emotions and creating relationships will have reduced leadership capacities.

1 / emotional intelligence

It is the ability to use your emotions in communication, to express his feelings and be spontaneous in all circumstances. For a leader, transmitting positive vibes and being able to communicate, even in times of great tension, are among the key qualities. It is also sensitivity (and empathy) that makes it possible to read the emotions of others. "Capabilities that will help the leader to identify individual issues within a team ", emphasizes Sylvaine Messica.

2 / Situational intelligence

"For a startupper, it is intelligence number one", says the coach. It is the ability to bounce back and innovate in an immediate situation. Transform a constraint or an obstacle into an opportunity for achievement. This form of intelligence is based on spontaneity, creativity and letting go. To develop it, you have to constantly challenge yourself and try to get out of your comfort zone. But this overflowing creativity can confuse the most rational interlocutors.

3 / Rational intelligence

“Pragmatists have it. This allows them to make thoughtful decisions, without reference to the relationship or emotion ", summarizes Sylvaine Messica. Indispensable for defining a global strategy, for example. But not enough to effectively manage his troops. The leader is not at the head of a team of obedient robots. Need for recognition and empathy will be essential.

4 / Relational intelligence

It helps to create and maintain long-term relationships. Forge partnerships, convince an investor, attract talent…. in all these circumstances, this form of intelligence will be crucial. Also useful in public speaking to convince an audience. The ruler who is endowed with it will have easier to weld a team for example. But, cultivated to excess, it can turn into compassion, often counterproductive in management.

5 / Intelligence of agility

It is the ability to set in motion and quickly change posture, environment"As we talk about motor skills, we can talk about motor skills of change, agility", indicates Sylvaine Messica. The leader will need it to bring about the change in his organization. In digital transformation, success relies on people. This intelligence makes it easier to put a team into action.

6 / Intelligence of action and decision

It is the ability to gain height, to have a global vision to finally focus on the essential. Whoever knows how to take advantage of it avoids wasting time on secondary subjects. Capabilities that prove to be essential when launching a start-up. At this stage, the creators of innovative businesses must accept not to master everything. Without confusing speed and haste.

7 / Intelligence of the affirmation

It is the strength of know how to say no to stay in line with your values even if the pressure is strong to cross the yellow line. For example when there is an attempt at corruption. It also encompasses the ability to express criticism in a positive way. This form of intelligence relies heavily on courage. Without falling into a systematic rebellious attitude, she avoids being subjected to delicate situations, the door open to a total lack of leadership.

Article by BRUNO ASKENAZI in Les Echos Entrepreneurs Les Echos Entrepreneurs