Global leadership success through emotional and cultural intelligences

Ilan Alon, James M. Higgins

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Culturally attuned and emotionally sensitive global leaders need to be developed: leaders who can respond to the particular foreign environments of different countries and different interpersonal work situations. Two emerging constructs are especially relevant to the development of successful global leaders: cultural and emotional intelligences. When considered under the traditional view of intelligence as measured by IQ, cultural, and emotional intelligences provide a framework for better understanding cross-cultural leadership and help clarify possible adaptations that need to be implemented in leadership development programs of multinational firms. This article posits that emotional intelligence (EQ), analytical intelligence (IQ), and leadership behaviors are moderated by cultural intelligence (CQ) in the formation of global leadership success.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)501-512
Number of pages12
JournalBusiness Horizons
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Cultural intelligence
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Global leadership success


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