I enjoy the fact that my clients are smart and accomplished. We have an Impatient Person Profile™ (IIPP) that describes many of our clients. School places a disproportionate emphasis on intelligence. Leadership places a much higher emphasis on emotional competence. Leading with intellect during the first decade of one’s career works when individual contribution defines the primary value to the organization. The shift to the second career decade should reduce the role of intelligence as a leading strength and increase the importance of emotional competence.
“Common sense is not so common.” -Voltaire
I read an article, “Why Smart People Act So Stupid“, by Dr. Travis Bradberry that provided an interesting list of the impact of intelligent leaders with low emotional competence. Smart people are often:
- Push people too hard
- Give up when they fail
- Fail to develop grit
- Have a hard time accepting feedback
“I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing.” -Socrates