A la Carte

When referring to a menu, something is a la carte if it is priced and ordered separately from other full menu items. LDRS “a la carte” entries are simply that – unrelated, brief entries that have captured our attention during recent weeks. 


Keld Jensen suggests that intelligence is overrated… its your EQ that really matters.  Learn more about the importance of emotional and moral intelligence in leadership development. 


A follow up to a recent a la carte post regarding the importance of reading to effective leadership development, among other things.  Coleman suggests 11 books that every young leader should read.


Cool lessons in a Hot Placeread Clemson Turregano’s reflection of her time spent with the US Army in the High California Dessert in August.  His reflection on leadership reminds me of the importance of building on our individual values, as we move toward a deeper understanding of group and community goals during the coming weeks.


As major league baseball playoffs wrap up, watch this brief video about the leadership lessons learned on the softball field.  


When was the last time you had a conversation with your instructor, PL or suite-mate about your strenghths?  As you read this article, replace “company” with “RLC” and “supervisor” with “instructor,” “PL,” “intern,” or “friend”.  What would PY look like if we took strengths to the next level



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14 Responses to A la Carte

  1. Miles Rachner says:

    I read the article ‘Cool Leadership in a Hot Place’ and the idea of thinking about yourself when it comes to leadership. It may seem that getting plenty of rest, eating healthy, and working out is just for ones own good. However when it comes to the military where an average day on the job is life threatening you have to be at your best to keep not only yourself safe, but the men or women you are fighting with safe as well, its crucial everyone is at there best. When a lapse of physical or mental strength occurs because you did not take care of yourself it hurts not only yourself but your everyone else too. So this idea of how important it is to take care of ones self is important. How can you be an effective leader if you are not at your best? In some cases a group or movement is useless without an effective leader. If this leader fails to take care of himself then his followers or mission may fail. So yes its important that a leader worry about the mission at hand the most, then the followers, and then the leader themselves.

    • Kyla Mauro says:

      I agree with the idea that the leader must take care of themselves before they can take care of others that Miles had. If the leader is not health or strong enough to handle the pressure of being a leader, than not only does he/she fail, but everyone behind them will fail ass well. The other people depend on the leader so without them being at their best the best wont be produced.

  2. Anna Lehman says:

    After reading the article, Intelligence Is Overrated: What You Really Need To Succeed, I thought about my top five strengths. This article said that your IQ is becoming less significant, its your emotional intelligence (EQ), moral intelligence (MQ), and your body intelligence (BQ) that are becoming more important. I personally think that your EQ stands out from the others. My number one strength is empathy, and that goes hand in hand with your EQ. Being aware and understanding your own feelings and others feelings is a important part of self motivation, building relationships, and resolving situations. EQ, MQ, BQ, IQ are all important, and having strengths in all of them can help us to become better leaders.

    • Jake Brown says:

      I can agree more with what you have said in this last bit here, “EQ,MQ, BQ, IQ are all important”. I find that in life there is very rarely one answer that will solve everything that you are trying to assess. It will take multiple pieces of yourself and your knowledge in order to fully understand situations and to develop yourself within them.

  3. Carly Scullin says:

    I read the article “11 Books Every Young Leader Must Read”. I enjoyed reading this article because I always enjoy when people talk about books that inspired them, or changed the way they look at life. My favorite book, and the book I recommend to almost everyone is “It’s Kind of A Funny Story” by Ned Vizzini. This book is based on the authors life, and follows main character Craig Gilner on his journey through depression and ultimately finding out what he really wants in life. Even though this book does’t really relate that much to leadership I think it is really beneficial to read, especially for students in high school and college, because it talks about the pressures of school, social life, and family and shows readers that everyone is dealing with the same thing and life will get better. It also shows readers that it’s ok to be yourself and stray away from what everyone else is doing.

  4. Grace Ellis says:

    I read “Intelligence is Overrated” because the title of the article grabbed my attention. At first I was hesitant to agree with such a statement, but after reading about EQ, MQ, and BQ, I agree with Keld Jensen. I now believe that a person who knows how to gauge the emotions of others, has high morals (which is similar to congruence), and has BQ (which I connect to consciousness of self) is better equipped to be an effective leader. It doesn’t take a genius to be a leader; it takes someone who embraces change and knows how to positively influence others.

  5. Lauren Nance says:

    I watched the softball video that displayed an amazing act of sportsmanship. To think that another team would give up a win in a big tournament is probably on the verge of being unheard of now days. I liked the end when the coach said that since she hit the homer she deserved getting the runs that came along with it. It made me think that sometimes we are able to start something great on our own but we need help from others to finish what we started. The girls that helped this injured player showed a great deal of respect that I wish we saw more of today.

  6. Emma Douglas says:

    I read “Intelligence is Overrated.” Initially, I was skeptical of what Jensen was trying to say about the nature of intelligence; however, after further reading, I began to understand this point of view. Once I read about EQ, MQ, and BQ, I agree that “intelligence is overrated” to a certain extent. I now believe that a person who has the ability how to understand and guage the emotions of others, possesses integrity, and has BQ, which is a level of self-awareness, similar to consciousness of self, is better equipped to be an effective leader than someone who is labeled as a genius on IQ scales. Ultimately, leadership is more about relationships and the connections between leaders and followers, and less about the mental capacity of a specific individual.

  7. kelsey edmonds says:

    After reading “Intelligence is Overrated”, I definitely agree that aspects such as emotional intelligence(EQ), moral intelligence(MQ), and body intelligence(BQ) are more important than just IQ. A high IQ does not guarantee you will stand out and are better than anyone else. Even if you do not have the best education background but you have EQ,MQ, and BQ, you can be more successful than people with an impressive education but lack these three intelligences. Leadership is ultimately about being aware of your surroundings and caring for those around you. A leader must lead in a way that is congruent with their values and do the right thing at all times so followers are willing to follow them. It is very easy to stray from these intelligences by means of stress and not taking responsibility for your actions. However, a true leader is able to possess a mixture of all these qualities even if they were not blessed with a high IQ.

  8. Alexander Jones says:

    I read “Intelligence is Overrated”. Intelligence isn’t everything in life, and can be seen quite a lot here in our own country. Look at the successful and rich folks out there, not all of those people are the brightest ones out there. Some of them have more money then they know what to do with, yet they are constantly made fun of by the media for being such idiots. Then there are others that show the complete opposite who use their brains to be such a successful person. So to conclude, this article didn’t change my mind as I’m still mixed on this subject.

  9. Patrick Lawrence says:

    I watched the video and read about the softball player. It is interesting, I actually remember this happening. I watch ESPN every day and this was a big headline that took home an ESPY award at the end of the year. She hit the home run, but wasn’t able to round the bases, and the only way she could possibly get the hit counted would be if a pinch runner took her spot, but it would be a single. So, girls from the other team picked her up and helped her round the bases so the home run would count. There are more important things outside of sports in life. It was an inspiring story to say the least

  10. James Comstock says:

    In response to the Intelligence Being over-rated I completely agree. I think that the other types of intelligence are also very important too. Emotional intelligence is known for recognizing your own feelings, body intelligence is known for what the individual knows about themselves, and moral intelligence is known as dealing with integrity, responsibility, and sympathy. These are just as important to the IQ because in order to be just plain intelligent you need to know all of these other things about yourself.

  11. Hoo In Won says:

    “Keld Jensen suggests that intelligence is overrated…” The reading showed that IQ is not the only key of success. In the reading, Keld talks about EQ (Emotional Intelligence), MQ (Moral Intelligence), and BQ (Body Intelligence). IQ may benefit oneself but EQ, MQ, and BQ would benefit the surroundings, which will lead to higher chances of being successful. Last week one of the professor showed me “EQ + CQ > IQ.” emotional intelligence and curiosity intelligence will make higher chance of success then intelligent intelligence. IQ is important but it does not mean that low IQ will be an obstacle to success.

  12. Emily Hucks says:

    Most people think that the higher the IQ the better you will be when you go to get a job or when you go to school, but there are other things that actually are better than your IQ. The other things are the body intelligence (BQ), moral intelligence (MQ), and emotional intelligence (EQ). The one I think is greater than IQ is BQ. You have the intelligence of the mind or intelligence of the body. Your body is the most important thing to the human. I keeps up able to do what we want to do. When the body gets sore or hurting it is telling you that there is something wrong and that you need to take it easy.

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