Emphasizing the importance of cross-border effectiveness in the contemporary globalized world, we propose that cultural intelligence—the leadership capability to manage effectively in culturally diverse settings—is a critical leadership competency for those with cross-border responsibilities. We tested this hypothesis with multisource data, including multiple intelligences, in a sample of 126 Swiss military officers with both domestic and cross-border leadership responsibilities. Results supported our predictions:
(1) general intelligence predicted both domestic and cross-border leadership effectiveness;
(2) emotional intelligence was a stronger predictor of domestic leadership effectiveness, and
(3) cultural intelligence was a stronger predictor of cross-border leadership effectiveness. Overall, results show the value of cultural intelligence as a critical leadership competency in today’s globalized world.
EI and EQ, so girly, right? What bullshit.
Smarter people are still smart once they leave their magic dirt, really?