Intelligent Leadership


intelligent-leadershipBook Title:  Intelligent Leadership

Author:  John Mattone

Publisher:  AMACOM

List Price:  US$27.95

Format:  237 pages, hard cover

Publication Date: 2013

ISBN: 978-0-8144-3237-2

Reviewer:      Sheila Jackson

Review Date:              May 2013


Introduction to the Book

Intelligent Leadership challenges the reader towards a more strategic approach to leadership development. As part of the introduction the author proposes multiple trends that are impacting today’s leaders, among these are unrelenting change, innovation imperative, virtual environments (collaborative technologies), and generating loyal followers with a long-term commitment to one’s vision. Mattone’s “Wheel of Intelligent Leadership” is a structural and visual dissection of various leadership traits and qualities. The author explores this diagram in detail.

As a diagnostic tool, Mattone shares the assessment he uses an executive coach, the Strategic-Tactical Leadership Index (STLI), to determine a leader’s current performance. The STLI examines “outer core” competencies and “inner core” elements and explains how to establish a road map towards maturity in these specific areas. The outer core consists of nine strategic and tactical leadership competencies and skills: (1) critical thinking, (2) decision making, (3) strategic thinking, (4) emotional leadership, (5) communication skills, (6) talent leadership, (7) team leadership, (8) change leadership, and (9) drive for results. The inner core consists of intrapersonal and interpersonal elements (character, values, beliefs…) that impact how one acquires and cultivates the outer core competencies. The appendix includes this assessment and specific developmental strategies towards maturity.

Interconnected with the above is the Map of Leadership Maturity (Enneagram), which groups predominant leadership traits into (1) heart leadership, (2) head leadership or (3) gut leadership. These three groupings are then subdivided into three distinct personality subtypes. Heart leaders tend to be Helpers, Entertainers, or Artists. Head Leaders tend to be Activists, Disciples, or Thinkers. Gut Leaders tend to be Drivers, Arbitrators, or Perfectionists.

Mattone has consulted for more than 250 organizations and addressed over 500,000 people in more than 2,000 speeches and seminars throughout the USA, Canada and worldwide (www.premierespeakers.com/John_Mattone/bio).

Overview of Book’s Structure

Mattone is precise and straightforward in laying out his approach. Each chapter builds on former chapters. As a forecast of things to come, in chapter one the author summarizes what to expect in future chapters. Chapter one provides a general overview of business leadership successes and failures and why there is a need for intentional development tools such as the one the author proposes. Chapters two and three focus on the Wheel of Intelligent Leadership and the inner and outer cores. Chapter four describes the Map of Leadership Maturity (Enneagram) and breaks this down into the subgroups. Chapters five through thirteen focus on one specific trait each from the Enneagram, including tips for strengthening that trait and working with a leader with that predominant trait. The appendix includes the STLI, the Enneagram Index, and development plans.

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About the Reviewer

sheila-jacksonflag-usaSheila Jackson

Sheila Jackson, PMP, transitioned to the live events industry in 2012. Prior to this she worked for twelve years in production and project management for a global marketing agency. She is currently working on her MBA with an emphasis in strategic management.

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