Contextual Intelligence

Two of the many transformational leadership competencies required to successfully navigate the future are contextual intelligence and strategic intelligence. Contextual Intelligence is the ability to sense subtle shifts in the environment, to become aware of those changes before anyone else and to predict their likely implications going forward. It is the ability to put things into crystal clear perspective and then accurately frame the picture so others can understand it. Naturally, there is then the need to communicate the picture in a way that others can grasp and comfortably relate to.

Contextual Intelligence is the highly sensitive radar system a transformational leader needs to constantly scan the environment, looking for the signals emanating from the future which suggest the new direction. It is what the great leaders have always seized upon to drive their businesses forward. It is the ability to connect disparate elements and combine them into a vivid picture of a future state.