Wednesday, May 13, 2009

What's your PIQ? (Personality Intelligence Quotient)

An individual's personality provides key information for leaders. Understanding personality is crucial for making sure that the right people are in the right roles - getting the right people "on the bus," as Jim Collins would say.

As you hire and lead, it is necessary to increase what Michael Maccoby calls your Personality Intelligence. Maccoby is a leadership consultant, psychoanalyst and anthropologist. He is the author, most recently, of The Leaders We Need and What Makes Us Follow, and Narcissistic Leaders: Who Succeeds and Who Fails. In an article at Ivey Business Journal, Maccoby outlines four personality concepts that can guide you in understanding personality and predicting how certain personalities will behave. They are:

  • Talents and Temperament – what we are born with

  • Social character – how we are like others brought up in the same culture

  • Personality type – how we are like some people within our culture


Maccoby cautions that understanding personality is an art, but that there are some guiding principles to follow. Read the article here.


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