The Next Level of Intelligence for 21st Century Leaders

buzz from Jolie Blanchard, NALP Communications Advisory Group

"This book has a lot to offer, especially for NALP employer members. It is about how to develop an inclusive leadership model. As would be expected in a book that contains in-depth research, Dr. Reeves uses some terms that I wasn't familiar with from the fields of sociology and psychology. However, the book is very accessible to those who want practical ideas to implement because it is part story telling and part workbook, and there are pull quotes in the margins for those who like to browse. The book is highly professional. It is one of the most comprehensive books on how to become more inclusive personally and how to move your organization toward an inclusive culture. The Next IQ is an important book for everyone involved in recruiting and counseling roles and should be made available to managing partners, deans, and other leaders."

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IQ vs. Self Discipline – What makes you smarter in the long run?

“We found that self-discipline predicted academic performance more robustly than did IQ. Self-discipline also predicted which students would improve their grades over the course of the school year, whereas IQ did not.”

Self-Discipline Outdoes IQ in Predicting Academic Performance of Adolescents.  Angela L. Duckworth and Martin E.P. Seligman.  Positive Psychology Center, University of Pennsylvania.  2005.

And, it is not just about adolescents!  William Henderson, a law professor at Indiana University has found that:

“In 2007 and 2008, 46 percent of all new associates in the nation’s 100 largest law firms came from a top 14 law school. But during the same period, only 39 percent of lawyers promoted to partner came from one of the top 14.

The numbers are similar in the nation’s largest companies. In 2009, only 35 percent of general counsels for Fortune 500 companies had graduated from a top 14 school. “This suggests that the advantage of higher test scores and academic pedigree diminishes rather than compounds over time—at least for partnership or general counsel positions,” he says.”

Both of these studies show that our traditional ways of measuring intelligence don’t work.  We have to understand success in today’s terms…it is not about what you know or how well you know it, it is about what you do with what you know and how hard you work at it.

Those who exercise their will to succeed will succeed far greater than those who are judged as intelligent by our traditional (outmoded) means of measuring intelligence.  We cannot reach for that next level of success – that next level of intelligence that is waiting for us – by using the tools and mindsets from the 1800s and 1900s.  In order to understand what really leads to success today, we have to let go of what we assume to be the markers of success so that we can discover the true potential for success…in ourselves and our teams.

-By Arin N. Reeves