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Leadership PQ

Leadership PQ

How Political Intelligence Sets Successful Leaders Apart

Gerry Reffo, Valerie Wark


Political Intelligence (PQ) is the capability to interact strategically in a world where business, government and society share power to shape the future. PQ is the new leadership frontier and this book will help you cross it.

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About the book

IQ and EQ (Emotional Intelligence) are not enough. Creating profit, growth and a better future for society is the new leadership challenge. In a shared power world, no single organization is in control or can deliver alone. Leadership PQ is for leaders working with multiple stakeholders to achieve more together. Shortlisted for the CMI Management Book of the Year 2014/15, Leadership PQ introduces a new leadership requirement, PQ (political intelligence) that will allow governments and businesses to build relationships and work together in a new and more effective way.

Successful leaders have built the capability to interact strategically in a world where government and business share power to shape the future. Leadership PQ explains why political intelligence is now a critical leadership requirement, presents exclusive case studies and interview material to demonstrate the impact of PQ in action, and provides practical advice to on how to develop it by effectively navigating the Golden Triangle of business, government and society. Leadership PQ is targeted at: business leaders at a multinational and local level; leaders involved in public policy and delivery; leaders of non-profit organizations; executive teams; and aspiring leaders in all sections. While each sector features different challenges, PQ can give them greater reach and impact.

Table Of Contents

  • Section - ONE: Introducing PQ;
    • Chapter - 01: What is PQ and why does it matter?;
    • Chapter - 02: It’s a shared power world;
  • Section - TWO: The PQ model;
    • Chapter - 03: Introducing the model;
    • Chapter - 04: Futurity;
    • Chapter - 05: Power;
    • Chapter - 06: Empathy with purpose;
    • Chapter - 07: Trust;
    • Chapter - 08: Versatility;
  • Section - THREE: How to develop PQ capability;
    • Chapter - 09: Developing PQ as a leader;
    • Chapter - 10: Developing PQ in your organization;
    • Chapter - 11: Looking ahead


Business, government and civil society must find new and better ways to work together to crack the calculus for sustainable growth and create a brighter future. This timely and insightful book provides rich fodder for those who will be called upon to lead in the years to come.
Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company

I hope this book has the influence the subject deserves.
Jeff Bewkes, Chair and CEO of Time Warner

This is a challenging yet practical book for all leaders including those in civil society.
Brendan Gormley, Chair CDAC Network and former CEO of the Disasters Emergency Committee

Leadership is difficult and getting more so. This valuable book helps us get it right, by focusing on the issues, linkages, relationships and, yes, the politics that really matter.
Sir Peter Westmacott, British Ambassador to the United States of America

I enjoyed this book. The more globalisation hits, the ability to understand politics with a small 'p' will be key.
Ian MacEachern OBE CMgr FCMI (CMI Management Book of the Year judge)

The content is persuasive and challenging. This is a work to spark debate.
Paul Mylrea CMgr FCMI (CMI Management Book of the Year judge)

Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749469603
  • Edition: 1
  • Published: 3rd March 2014
  • Paperback
  • Dimensions: 234x156
  • 272 pages

About the Author

Valerie Wark is an independent executive coach and leadership tutor and an Associate of Ashridge Business School. She is widely known for innovative programme design and executive coaching that delivers results. Her clients include the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Vodafone, BBC Worldwide, The NHS, Lloyds Bank, Kerry Foods and BG Group.

Gerry Reffo, CMG was Head of Learning and Development in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and is now a senior independent HR consultant and Ashridge Business School accredited executive coach. She develops leaders and helps organizations improve what they do and how they do it.

Gerry Reffo

Valerie Wark

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