Most of us are very familiar with the Intelligence Quotient, more commonly referred to as IQ, because it has been around for so long and applied widely in many contexts. French psychologist Alfred Binet and his colleague Theodore Simon developed the first of what has now become known as the IQ test as a way to measure intelligence when he was asked to identify which students needed educational assistance at a school in France in the early twentieth century. There have been updated and standardised versions of the test published over the years and the idea of IQ is now commonplace. IQ tests and their derivatives remain widely used around the world as popular assessment tools, especially in educational and organisational contexts, comparing the intelligence of individuals.

Towards the end of the twentieth century, Daniel Goleman published the book Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ, bringing the term EQ into the leadership lexicon. Goleman’s argument in the book and the focus of much subsequent research is that emotional intelligence, EQ, has a more significant role than intellectual intelligence, IQ, in someone’s ability to function well in society and reach their full potential. Here EQ and IQ are believed to correlate to the two types of thinking people experience, emotional thinking and rational or intellectual thinking.

At UQ Coaching, we believe there is another type of intelligence that is vital to the realisation of an individual’s potential and their ability to perform at the highest levels; intelligence about yourself, or UQ. Intelligence in its truest form simply means to understand, comprehend or perceive, and in our work, we promote deep understanding of the self as a means of becoming a better leader of self and others. Developing your UQ allows you to participate fully in the world and live authentically as the most aligned version of yourself so in fact, it’s application goes far beyond leadership development.

UQ is about much more than self awareness, it’s also about understanding how to integrate your experiences, fears, preferences and beliefs so that you can engage in the world and lead from a position of true confidence in who you are and become someone others want to follow. Effective leadership of self and others, whether as a professional, partner, or parent, all starts with self-awareness and understanding. UQ is not about what you know, it’s about who you are.

Heart and Mind

At UQ Coaching we seek to reinstate the connection between heart and mind to promote a different type of intelligence that begins with knowing ourselves fully. We are interested in understanding the depths of our own humanity, something that becomes increasingly important in the age of digitisation, automation and artificial intelligence we now live in. Decades of experience in learning and development and leadership has shown us that who you are is as important as what you do. This experience and understanding led to the creation of our own pioneering learning models The Leadership S.T.O.R.Y and seven step UQ Model. These models give us the means of helping the individuals and groups we work with to unlock their own potential by providing a framework for getting to know your true self.

Self Awareness Models

In the UQ model we:

  • Help you build deep rooted confidence to be your true self
  • Reveal how thoughts and feelings impact our choices and actions so you can face your fears
  • Unpack your preferences to help you be as effective as possible
  • Reveal how what we think of as facts aren’t always and must be considered carefully
  • Explore the subconscious patterns that can get in the way of excellence
  • Encourage authenticity and self belief
  • Support you to communicate with clarity and confidence from the head and heart.

In the Leadership S.T.O.R.Y. model we add to these seven layers of understanding and build from the deep knowledge of the self the UQ model affords. We explore the situations we face at work, the context of the wider world in which we live and lead, understanding other people and how to get the best from them, and how to build strong, deeply human relationships with the people around us.

Developing UQ

The most effective leaders and employees possess a healthy dose of UQ because they recognise that intelligence about yourself is the strong foundation upon which you can continue to build and layer on skills. Leaders can better understand others by first better understanding themselves. Once they have done so, they can have better conversations and build better relationships. The benefits of UQ reach far beyond those experienced personally by the individual who applies the learning and impacts everyone they come into contact with, in the workplace and in the world. This is why UQ is a critical factor in both personal and professional development and something every individual should be familiar with.

Our work develops character, confidence, communication, and connection so people can overcome challenges they face and succeed as professionals, parents, or partners. We help you explore who you are and lead from that place rather than thinking you have to be a certain type of person to be a successful leader. The best leaders have a deep rooted confidence that stems from knowing who they are and the capabilities they have.

Every person has both talent and potential, and in our work, we support people to realise it because we know that leadership is a mode of being, not simply a title or a job role. By having the confidence to be fully yourself and lead well you will get the best from the people around you, engage in honest and meaningful conversations, overcome challenges, and make a positive impact in your workplace and in the world.

At UQ we are passionate about raising awareness. Raising awareness of ourselves, and better understanding others and the world we live in is an incredibly overlooked yet powerful muscle. It is one that we can grow as leaders and is the necessary precursor to action. There is no single way to live, succeed, or lead well, and by starting with awareness and using it to acknowledge, accept, appreciate, and adapt, you will be able to take the right action at the right time to ensure you are always moving in the right direction. When you establish strong leadership character you will gain clarity on how to move forward and towards your goals with intention and purpose instead of drifting or moving in circles. Developing your UQ gets you to where you want to be.

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