We've all heard the expression: "Smart leaders surround themselves with smarter people." While it's essential for corporate executives to bring high-level thinkers into their organizations, rebel leaders also recognize that intelligence quotient isn't the only thing to consider when building a dynamic team. To truly capitalize on thought leadership and commercial opportunity, business owners must also assess curiosity quotient to establish a crew of innovative mutineers capable of driving company initiatives to new heights.
The Benefits Of Employees With High Curiosity Quotients
The Harvard Business Review article, Curiosity Is as Important as Intelligence, equates a high curiosity quotient (CQ) to having a "hungry mind." Individuals with a heightened CQ bring several highly beneficial, rebel-centric advantages to a corporate environment, including:
Curious people are inherently speculative, a quality that can help transform status quo cultures, standards, and practices.
Open Minded To New Experience
Individuals with a high CQ are bored with routine and continuously seek out new experiences. They thrive in ambiguous circumstances and environments, making them well suited to sift through complex data sets. Your curious team members will have an innate ability to throw themselves fearlessly into unknown corporate territory, meeting (and resolving) issues as they arise.
Additionally, people with inquisitive minds are more tolerant of new ideas and different opinions. Individuals with an advanced CQ are more likely to see the value in other perspectives and beliefs, which may encourage them to collaborate more often and more effectively. Their skill for tolerance can also help reduce and resolve conflict within the group and across the organization.
Counter-Conformist (AKA The Rebel's Blueprint)
Most importantly, increased curiosity often results in a tendency to go against the established corporate grain. They'll rarely accept "that's the way it's always been done" as an answer. These counter-conformists are boundary-pushers who are continuously driven to innovate, generating new ideas, initiatives, and products to redefine the parameters of what's possible.
Heightened Intelligence Levels
Best of all, increased curiosity naturally helps refine intelligence. According to the Harvard Business Review's piece, curiosity quotient can also promote elevated levels of comprehension and aptitude, allowing your team members to quickly master various tasks and subjects for optimized performance, results, and overall success.
How do you identify CQ in candidates at your organization? Tell us about your approach in the comments below. Or, contact REBEL & REASON today to learn more about leveraging the power of curiosity and rebellion throughout your corporate enterprises.
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