Decoding leadership brilliance

In the professional world of interim management, where company leaders and interim managers are similiar to navigators in a stormy sea, ADM would like to introduce a new neologism: "LeadQuotient."
Written on 30-01-2024

Decoding leadership brilliance

In the professional world of interim management, where company leaders and interim managers are similiar to navigators in a stormy sea, ADM would like to introduce a new neologism: “LeadQuotient.” It’s not just a buzzword; it’s a metric that unveils the essence of smart and pioneering leadership. Picture it as the IQ test for the captains of the corporate ship, but with a flair for adaptability, forward-thinking and the finesse of a chess grandmaster in problem-solving.

LeadQuotient at COP28

Before we dive into the symphony of leadership styles, let’s set the stage with a glance at the recent CNN article on COP28 in Dubai ( As leaders from around the world gathered to address pressing global issues, their ability to manoeuvre the complexities of climate discussions mirrored the principles of LeadQuotient. The need for adaptability, forward-thinking and sophisticated problem-solving on a global scale resonates with the very essence of what our new neologism represents.

The symphony of leadership styles

Now, let’s conduct a symphony of leadership styles and understand how each note contributes to the harmonious melody of LeadQuotient.


  1. The Chameleon Commander: adaptability unleashed

In the ever-shifting sands of business, the “Chameleon Commander” excels. Their LeadQuotient is marked by a kaleidoscope of adaptability, changing colors effortlessly to match the environment. As the saying goes, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” – Charles Darwin. The “Chameleon Commander” lives by these words, embodying resilience in the face of uncertainty.


  1. The Oracle of Tomorrow: forward-thinking visionary

Leading with a gaze fixed firmly on the horizon, the “Oracle of Tomorrow” embodies the forward-thinking aspect of LeadQuotient. Their leadership is a crystal ball into the future, where strategic vision guides every move. As Steve Jobs once mused, “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work.” The “Oracle of Tomorrow” aligns their ship’s trajectory with greatness, ensuring that every move is a step towards a future worth sailing.


  1. The Maestro of Complexity: problem-solving virtuoso

Armed with the baton of intellectual prowess, the “Maestro of Complexity” tackles problems with the finesse of a symphony conductor. Their LeadQuotient is measured not just by the challenges they face but by how elegantly they orchestrate solutions. To quote Albert Einstein, “The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” The maestro understands this implicitly, ascending to new levels of thinking to unravel the complexities that confound others.


Which type of leader/manager do you think you are?


To pepper this exploration of LeadQuotient with a dash of wisdom, let’s borrow a few quotes from the leaders who’ve paved the way:

  1. Warren Buffett once said, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.” The Chameleon Commander, with their adaptability, ensures those five minutes are nowhere in sight.
  2. Bill Gates, a true Oracle of Tomorrow, stated, “We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten.” The Oracle builds a bridge to that underestimated future, one forward-thinking step at a time.
  3. In the realm of problem-solving, Elon Musk drops the mic: “When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.” The Maestro of Complexity tackles challenges not as obstacles but as opportunities for virtuoso performances.

LeadQuotient in a global stage

As we navigate the labyrinth of modern business, LeadQuotient emerges as the compass that points true north for leaders. It’s not just about being at the helm; it’s about possessing the intelligence, the adaptability and the vision to appoint a course through challenging situations and matters. And… as demonstrated on the global stage at COP28, where leaders confronted the challenges of climate change, the application of LeadQuotient principles has never been more crucial. So, whether you’re an interim manager, a CEO or a visionary entrepreneur, it’s time to elevate your LeadQuotient and take steps towards leadership brilliance. After all, in the world of business, the real leaders aren’t just following the trends – they’re creating them.

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