Leadership is a space that offers a sense of Presence. This feeling became a pillar for many people to lean on and eventually learn from. While leadership is often thought of as a business-like quality, it is important to remember that it is, before anything else, a sign of an outstanding sense of character and a true respectful attitude toward oneself and others and to life in general. Leadership is a vital attribute of those who value heart before mind and embrace a greater sense of self before serving their own little selves.
These are caring leaders who have moved the world, made history for the best and allowed all consciousness to find hope in humanity. As Cleveland Amory said, “What the world needs is a new kind of army – that kind of army. Today we call on Life to embrace Love as religion and kindness and compassion as ways of expressing it.
Here are the top 5 intelligences of leaders who care not only for the well-being of the system but also the harmony of the creatures that make it up.
1 – Listening Intelligence
Leaders have ears before they have words. They know patience before active decisions and they have learned to be present without showing off. Listening Intelligence is the ability of the mind to become a recipient of the inner voice as well as of others so that needs are clearly understood and the actions required to fulfill them are carefully harmonized. Both are the result of an intelligent process of listening where silence is not a place without words but rather a space with attention to detail and an intention to support.
2 – Intuitive Intelligence
Leaders who only follow their thoughts end up losing vision. Intuitive intelligence is a gift from visionary leaders who can see outside the comfort zone and be predictable. Leaders who keep their minds open to the unseen yet felt access the infinite field of possibility where creativity resides. This creative flow empowers the viewer with an enthusiasm that strengthens his journey with purpose and seals his path with meaning.
3 – Emotional Intelligence
Intellectuals may serve mainstream education but it is emotional intelligence that serves humanity. Kindness is not found in the mind but in the heart. Emotions are carriers of feelings and feelings are how humans relate to one another. In the end, what will shine is someone whose heart is sensitive to his own emotions and the emotions of those around him. Connecting with ourselves means feeling who we are and connecting with others means offering opportunities to be compassionate with feelings that are not ours. Leading brilliantly means connecting with people and creating ways to broaden their experience. Emotions are vessels of expansion, stagnation or contraction. Giving room to emotions is one of the essence of leadership.
4 – Intellectual Intelligence
When the heart opens, it releases a powerful stream of creative energy. This wave is pure dynamic momentum filled with surging passion. Intelligence Intelligence is the ability to offer a structure for this flow to find direction. An artist is someone whose flow is wild but without a solid frame, this power will disappear in form only to be renewed, transformed and rearranged in another idea. Leadership holds room for linear thinking so that plans, processes, strategies, systems, tactics, projects guide the flow into a purposeful matter.
5 – Universal Intelligence
Universal Intelligence is the power to relate to that which is greater than that which is seen, identified and labeled. It is a sense of connectedness to all that exists and a conscious way of living in harmony with everything that makes up the Universe, whether one is in direct contact with it or not. The 21st century leader embodies the principles of unity, compassion for all beings and respect for all Life. It is not enough to lead, win and conquer. now it’s important to lead, love, and embrace.