Why Cultural Intelligence(CQ) Will Outlast Intelligence Quotient (IQ) and Emotional Intelligence (EQ)

Why Cultural Intelligence(CQ) Will Outlast Intelligence Quotient (IQ) and Emotional Intelligence (EQ)

Emotional intelligence has gotten a fair amount of notoriety lately, yet something just as powerful and advantageous to business leaders and entrepreneurs, lurks beneath the radar of most TED Talk enthusiasts. Cultural intelligence as said by Julia Middleton in her Ted Talk argues “…cultural intelligence the ability to cross borders and boundaries between different cultures and actually thrive in doing it. But she is quick to high light the many ego driven pitfalls that emotionally intelligent people, business owners, and entrepreneurs often land themselves in. Things like people who believe they work well with everyone when they only work well with people who are like them.

She talks about a person having a “core”, which are the things that you truly believe, and refers to having a “flex”, which embodies everything else you tend to have a more flexible opinion about. She explains that cultural intelligence resides between the two. Having a true sense of who you are and understanding the things you can be tolerant about in general. There seems to be a great deal of self-awareness involved, being able to truly discern what your beliefs are, so that you can allow yourself the flexibility of interacting with various cultures in ways that are beneficial to them, as well as your business.

Cultural intelligence allows us to utilize resources on a global scale.  Economies are impacted globally when culturally you can use relationships to innovate technology, education, and governmental policies via an open platform. In an American society where IQ is the standard, EQ is the proposed savior, cultural intelligence has an ability to open boundaries and limitations through respect and understanding of others in a way that allows them to be accepted for the cultural differences and embraced for the strengths they provide.