PQ is the New EQ: Why Leaders Need Political Intelligence and How to Get it.pdf

PQ is the New EQ: Why Leaders Need Political Intelligence and How to Get it.pdf


Valerie Wark is a Leadership Tutor and Executive Coach at Ashridge Business School. As Client Director for Learning and Development at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, she designed and leads the National Ward Leaders Programme in Mental Health Services and contributed to the redesign of The NHS Graduate Management Scheme. Her international corporate clients include Vodafone, The Body Shop and BBC Worldwide. Gerry Reffo is a senior independent HR consultant and Ashridge accredited executive coach working mainly in the public sector. She was previously Head of Learning and Development in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, where her contribution to leadership development was recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list (2009).

Political Intelligence (PQ) is critical in determining the success of large organisations. Successful leaders have built the capability to interact strategically in a world where government and business share power to shape the future. Traditionally, large businesses have relied on public affairs specialists to help them lobby government. In turn, government has banked on occasional secondments to business to guide them. This outdated model cannot cope with the challenge of increasing inter-dependency. PQ is a new generic leadership requirement that will allow governments and businesses to build relationships and work together in a new and more effective way. This book explains why PQ is now a critical leadership requirement; presents exclusive case studies and interview material to demonstrate the impact of PQ in action; and provides practical advice to on how to develop it by effectively navigating the Golden Triangle of business, government and society.


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