In an era of Globalization, breakdown of physical boundaries, ongoing Social rebirth, a vastly rich pool of information, Matthew Kutz’s 2008 Contextual Intelligence (CI) concept is fast becoming a key leadership competency.
Contextual Intelligence requires that an individual think in and continuously be aware of three dimensions, a concept Kutz calls the “contextual intelligence triad” (2008b, p. 7). This triad requires having an “1) Intuitive grasp of the preferred future, 2) awareness of relevant past events, and 3) acute awareness of present contextual variables” (Kutz, 2008b, p. 7). This concept requires an understanding that “context” consists of several variables. Variables that are internal relative to the individual and external to the individual. Internal contexts are the attitudes, beliefs, and biases the individual themselves bring to the situation and the external variables are all those issues that other people bring, which is then also combined with social, political, and cultural biases, etc. Being contextually intelligent requires one to be aware of the interaction and the environment the combination these variables make.
The 12 key attributes of Kutz’s leaders CI will include:
3. Ensuring an awareness of mission
4. Socially responsible
5. Culturally sensitive
6. Multicultural Leadership
7. Diagnoses Context
8. Change agents
9. Effective and constructive use of influence
10. Intentional leadership
11. Critical thinker
12. Consensus builder