Executive Intelligence: What All Great Leaders Have

November 1, 2020
Executive Intelligence: What All Great Leaders Have

The final word on what traits make for highly successfulmanagers—and a detailed explanation of how to identify potentialstandout performers.Executive Intelligence is about the substance behindgreat leadership. Inspired by the work of Peter Drucker and JimCollins, Justin Menkes set out to isolate the qualities that makefor the 'right' people. Drawing on his background in psychology andbolstered by interviews with accomplished CEOs, Menkes paints theportrait of the ideal executive.In a sense, Menkes's work reveals an executive IQ—the cognitiveskills necessary in order to excel in senior management positions.Star leaders readily differentiate primary priorities fromsecondary concerns; they identify flawed assumptions; theyanticipate the different needs of various stakeholders and how theymight conflict with one another; and they recognise the underlyingagendas of individuals in complex exchanges.Weaving together research, interviews and the results of his ownproprietary testing, Menkes exposes one of the great fallacies ofcorporate life, that hiring and promotion are conducted on asystematic or scientific basis that allows the most accomplished torise to their levels of optimal responsibility.Finally, Menkes is a passionate advocate for finding andemploying the most talented people, especially those who may havebeen held back by external assumptions.