The Next Level of Intelligence for 21st Century Leaders

buzz from Veta T. Richardson, Association of Corporate Counsel

"Dr. Arin Reeves is someone whom I have long considered the leading mind addressing issues of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. But with this book, Dr. Reeves has transcended the legal profession to squarely establish herself among today's foremost executive management and international business thought leaders. In the 20th Century, Covey taught us the Seven Habits and Thomas Peters and Robert Waterman put us In Search of Excellence. But in the 21st Century, people like Malcolm Gladwell, James Surowiecki, and Jim Collins defined The Tipping Point, The Wisdom of Crowds, and Good To Great, and Dr. Reeves lights a pathway with The Next IQ The Next Level of Intelligence for 21st Century Leaders. And she does so with great stories and practical exercises to put the ideas into action. Great work, Arin!"

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Foreword by John W. Rowe

 

The uncertainties, challenges, unanswerable questions and day to day difficulties of leadership pull us back into the comforts of where we feel safe even when the situation calls for something new.  That’s where Arin and The Next IQ come in. 

The Next IQ is about leadership in the 21st century and how it exists at the intersection of leadership, intelligence and inclusion.  Arin’s work provides clear research and illustrative examples of how leadership today demands inclusion in order to be effective.  Leaders who lead in that way do so more intelligently than those who don’t.  This book focuses on why it is critical for us to not only embrace different perspectives but to actively seek them out in order to enhance our own ability to learn and lead, and on how we can do this in ways that make sense in our individual lives. 

Even when we know what it takes to be a successful leader, we often slide back into what is comfortable, easy and predictable because we are human and we all work in fast-paced stressful uncertain environments.  It’s easy for people to talk about leadership and inclusion, but the transition from talk to action is difficult.  Arin’s work with Exelon has enabled our organization to translate our values into action in the workplace.  This book offers concrete ideas on how to move from talk to action in a realistic way. 

My wife and I are active sponsors of many civic and community endeavors that work to lift voices into conversations where they have previously been absent.  We have committed much of our time specifically to activities that advance education and inclusion because these are two pillars on which our society will grow and thrive.  We have founded charter schools and supported innovative research and teaching in institutions of higher education.  We have done this because we know that without these critical foundations, we cannot grow the next generation of leaders we need.  This book gives us the framework to assess leadership in that forward-thinking way and it gives us the tools to be able to do that simply and effectively.