The Next Level of Intelligence for 21st Century Leaders

buzz from Michael C. Connelly, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Planning Xcel Energy

"The Next IQ explains why today's leaders must change the way they think about intelligence, leadership and inclusion in order to succeed in the 21st century. More importantly, the Next IQ illustrates how today's leaders can change, by providing practical examples and direction on inclusive intelligence that a leader can implement today. The Next IQ provides something most valuable and rare: actionable knowledge."

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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.