Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Can Spiritual Intelligence help in business?


I have often wondered if spiritual intelligence can help in a business setting? We are all familiar with the impact of emotional intelligence in leadership. Emotional intelligence makes us better leaders and helps us improve our responses to different situations.

On the other hand, spiritual intelligence is often associated with non business people, those who are preaching spirituality and not the practicing leaders in business. There is probably some truth to that but does it have to be confined to only those individuals?

I believe spiritual intelligence can help in business as well. A leader who is spiritually intelligent would probably readily recognize and support a cause that has impact on human kind. He or she may not make decision based on what is good for few people, instead based on what is good for larger number of people.

One thing is for sure, spiritual intelligence can only enhance leadership, it wouldn't hurt it.

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Aditi Chopra is an experienced leader in the software industry.
She is a consultant, writer and a leader.
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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Myths of Leadership

Leadership is a complex skill. We are constantly defining and re-defining it. We are researching it and understanding the complexities so we can produce better leaders. 

Here are some myths about leadership

  • A good leader is a good coach : This is certainly a myth. There are some leaders who are visionaries. People aspire to be like them. But these leaders are not necessarily coaching other individuals.
  • A leader is one with a high rank : There are times when a person speaks in a crowd and everyone listens and this person does not hold any high rank. What they have is personal power. One doesn't need a high rank in order to be called a leader.
  • A good leader is always predictable : Consistency and predictability are certainly good qualities. However a good leader is one who surprises us with his hidden strength and talent when a situation demands it.
  • A leader only has strengths : This is undoubtedly a myth. We all know that as human beings we all have strengths and weaknesses. So does a leader. However, a good leader is aware of his or her weakness and knows how to work around it.

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    Aditi Chopra is an experienced leader in the software industry.
    She is a consultant, writer and a leader.
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