In September 2018, days before his fifty-fourth birthday Jack Ma announced his intention to retire. Ma founded and built Alibaba Group Holding Ltd into a multi-billion dollar company, one of the largest in Asia. In 2013 Ma appointed CEO, Daniel Zhang while continuing to wield significant influence as Group Executive. Ma expressed his wishes to withdraw to his first passion namely teaching and has been increasingly involved in educational philanthropy. On the 10th September 2019, one year after announcing his retirement Ma will step down.
Ma is one of the most prominent business leaders to use the term LQ. As we study the man and the company he built, we see many similarities and parallels making Ma one the best examples of a high LQ leader. Given that this is his last year as steward of internet giant Alibaba Group, we list our favorite Jack Ma quotes and discuss how they relate to LQ.
John Bates was the co-founder and face of a company which had raised $80 million in capital. In 2001, when the dot-com bubble burst the company’s investors backed out leaving him and his workforce unemployed and devastated. Bates felt like a failure and carried tons of guilt and shame. Shortly thereafter he contracted Stevens-Johnson disease, an autoimmune disease that nearly destroyed his life.
In this interview with John Bates he tells us how he overcame this debilitating illness and discusses the impact that meditation combined with the ‘I love you’ practice had on his recovery. In this article we will discuss some of the most important takeaways from Bates’ story and discuss the effect love, and increasing ones LQ, can have on the body and on autoimmune health in general. But first, let’s look at what an autoimmune disease is…
Why is understanding the different aspects of self important to LQ and to love in general?
The core of LQ and why LQ is so significant is that while we are generally taught the importance of loving other people, we are not really taught or encouraged to love ourselves. When the topic of loving one’s self or self-love practices are discussed, we commonly hear objections and resistance towards this idea. “Oh, I already love myself” or “that’s selfish” are common themes.
Loving one’s self does not refer to loving our ego or our identity i.e. who we think we are or who we relate to as ourselves. It is important to understand that there are multiple aspects of self and it is equally important to highlight the aspect of self that we are directing our love towards, namely the inner child.
Trust is a key element in business and in business relationships. For leaders in business, understanding the relationship between love and trust will help us to accelerate the power of trust in our lives and our organizations.
High trust relationships take time to build but once these are in place things can move very quickly. When we are coming from a loving place, when we have a high LQ, trust can actually be developed much more quickly because our intent, who we are, can be felt and trusted.
Trust is one of the most elusive qualities of our time and yet it is one of the most crucial. Stephen R. Covey said that “Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.”
There are many benefits of a high LQincluding improved self awareness, emotional stability and being able to manage negative emotions in a healthy and empowered way. One benefit of a healthy LQ is improved learning ability and cognitive performance. In this article we will explore IQ and how, even though most aspects of one’s IQ are fixed, there are elements of intelligence which can be improved by increasing one’s LQ.
We will also show that one’s ability to learn is impacted by several factors, stress being a major consideration, and how LQ practices like meditation can be used to reduce stress and increase memory retention, cognitive function and concentration. We will also delve into the impact of kindness on how we learn and how we apply our abilities.
We know that IQ is a measure of intelligence fully rooted in the mind and has, for many years, been used as a predictor of future success. EQ, which speaks to emotional intelligence, is one’s ability to understand the motivations and feelings of others and to be guided by this knowledge in our interactions with them. It is also widely believed that while IQ is set, EQ can be developed.
Understanding LQ as it relates to IQ and EQ is simple. LQ refers to the intelligence of the heart. It is one’s ability to be kind and compassionate to self and others. LQ begins where EQ ends. It is the next evolutionary step in the intelligence paradigm and in some ways LQ may be more important to our development than either EQ or IQ.
If someone has a low IQ, or a low EQ, they can still learn to love themselves and in turn to be more kind and loving to others. We all know of that one person in our lives, who is not book smart, or street smart but has a heart of gold.
For centuries we have known that there is power in language. The need to connect is as old as humanity itself. Early humans communicated through sign language and documented their histories through cave paintings, sculptures and basic images. The need to name things, places, actions and emotions led to the development of first spoken and then written language. In fact, all systems from the simplest to the most complex require a codified language.
We know that there is power in words. Words can be used to instruct, explain, defend, condemn, heal or destroy and of all the phrases available to us, there is probably none more meaningful, than the phrase ‘I love you’. We say this to our parents, to our children to our spouses and friends but how often do we say ‘I love you’ to ourselves? So often in life we are taught the power of loving others and doing kind things and paying it forward but we are not really taught to love ourselves.