The Learning Leader

by | May 15, 2023

Last time we talked about how important listening is to inspirational leadership. This time let’s consider different aspects of intelligence and its role in achieving leadership maturity.

  1. Intelligent Leaders Understand How Much They Don’t Know – Highly intelligent people don’t try to act as if they know everything, even on topics where they may have serious convictions. If you do not recognize that you have limits, you may not be open to learning from other individuals and/or situations.
  2. Intelligent Leaders Have Insatiable Curiosity – Naturally curious and always eager to learn more, intelligent leaders are not content to accept things at face value. They are constantly striving to stay up-to-date on the latest developments in their field and to think critically about the world around them. The alternative, of course, is rigid rejection of anything that contradicts what you [think you] believe.
  3. Intelligent Leaders Have Self-Control – Having self-control is a sign of intelligence because it means you’re more likely to think before you speak or act. Generally, “smart” people are able to overcome impulsiveness by planning, clarifying goals, exploring alternative strategies, and considering consequences before they begin.
  4. Intelligent Leaders Have Empathy And Understanding – This is, perhaps, the companion trait to effective listening. Highly intelligent individuals are often able to put themselves in others’ shoes, understanding and empathizing with their feelings and experiences. This allows leaders to connect with others and to build strong, supportive relationships.

I gleaned much of this from the sources below. They also provide great content for further research on your part.

Stay Courageous,