IQ or Intelligence Quotient had long been the standard forming the basis of holding those scoring high on that quotient in better stead than the rest of us still good mankind. But as experience began to expand and humans began deciphering greater sense in the essence of their living as an identity rooted not just in an exaltation as the most intelligent of all species on earth but also amongst the most emotional of them all, this notion of too exclusive an epitomising of the intelligence measure saw a shift in stature to also allow the yardstick of emotions chart out its own definition in importance.
Years thereafter, this human devised mode of the intelligent saw a further diversification come to essentially characterise its understanding. As something rooted in yet another facet of the human identity that which alludes to interpretations of the cultural, cultural intelligence today marks another parameter yielding along the expanse of its gauge also as essential a trait in an even enhanced awareness of holistic human living.
Unlike its preceding concepts in intelligence, the cultural fore of expression is a very modern 21st century character that has since been significantly shaping up understandings of the cumulative living experience. As a capability innate in humans in varying extents of assertion across the entire population, cultural intelligence or cultural quotient has been thus presented as a substantial case determining the fore of human living not just essentially but also in the derived didacticness of it. That is to day, CQ stands as much for the associated areas of living that humans chart out beyond the core ‘principle’ in existing as breathing beings, thus encompassing not exactly innate but ingrained still necessities of work and business and the like so as to acquire for itself a dimension in interaction that ventures into realms not always basic.
For all its implied meaning though, cultural quotient is not so much about sensitivity to issues occurring as cultural as it is about adapting instead to changing and expanding awarenesses acquired as a means in exploring different cultures of the world either in the desire to gain a greater understanding of living as a civilisation or for reasons that needs one to step out of the accustomed notions and experiences guiding their stemming out of an own culture. And it is in this latter causation to which the concept of cultural intelligence owes part of its origins to that is what makes it so crucial a component of the business way in the now essential human living.
Radical perhaps in its outlook that imbibes within such qualities manifesting as both necessary and desirable, interestingly composing itself in a character dealing with similar but definite still attributes on the same end of the spectrum for a change is this pathbreaking indeed alluding to the concept of cultural intelligence that emerges as more practical in its humanly ‘persona’.
Defined quite simply as the capability to recognize, relate and adapt to differences naturally prevailing across cultures but harbouring within this directness a nuanced meaning in applicability, cultural intelligence might tend to be somewhat natural a trait residing in the cognisance of what shapes up the human identity as reasonable and logical individuals. But it can also be acquired and/ or learned across some of its traits, making it simultaneously a skill and a talent to be practiced and furthered.
The most widespread usability of its power might occur across the working dimension as in what concerns the professional or the business scheme of things. But this competency of cultural cognition has also found expression in contexts of the educational and the academic as well as in government and military. And that perhaps is what makes this aspect in millennial discovery a revelation accounted for by the many variables and values it relies on to serve that purpose in immense functionality.
Finding first expression in the early 2000’s research work of Christopher Earley and Soon Ang as a specific form of intelligence entailing indeed out of the brain but taking root in the expanse of the heart and the mind that is what make it the most absolute of all such concepts, cultural quotient has since grown in its soul and stature alike to consistently present itself as a mainstream measure of human intellect well explored across a wide range of areas, all necessarily connected though to the singular spirit of wanting to intermingle and find acceptance within diverse identities of the world even when it is far from one’s own. But most noteworthy has been the way in which CQ has assumed a considerable commercial core by providing a context for converting current cultural trends into high yielding agents of change so much so that an individual managing to stay relevant cutting across the different dynamics of diverse cultures brings upon himself a worth rather coveted in the highly competent world of the professional.
And thus we increasingly see the evolution of a workforce skilled in their work no doubt into one as capable of maneuvering through the intricate chasms existing between cultures as far removed from one another as they possibly can be as a more assertive choice in charting out the ultimate preference for intelligence in ways and manners that helps better coordinate across many a factors of what ends up impacting the governing ideal of productivity. Today cultural competence plays out as a variable to the identification of an ideal workforce as important as the intelligence quotient referenced of them.
Why this thrust on something as the supposedly deeper essence of culture seemingly unconcerned with the ambits of what can categorise as work is interesting enough to explore though. On the other hand, it might even be apparent as well why this expression of intelligence in cultural terms has come to be so important a phenomena to reckon with in the highly competitive world of today harbouring high flying expectations in results and riches. Because a measure of cultural quotient appropriated to cover such aspects like communication and coordination, as well as compassion and comprehension all in the strictly human sense of them translates directly and rather visibly to a stronger work ethic as far as adaptability is concerned.
Fostering therefore a positive work attitude that entails out of the skills in effectively dealing with different crises and situations even outside one’s comfort zone or beyond something one is well versed in is what makes cultural intelligence emerge to yet another mainstay in a world increasingly recognising the human nature of it permeating all aspects of existence. Because all of us ultimately live in a world where we cannot go by without interacting with other humans, whether it be in whatever area of life and specifically in business that which mints the resources for living in general and fulfilled living in particular, the necessity of being culturally sound and stable happens to be almost the ultimate standard in being itself. And it is along this spectrum of existence that this almost newfound dimension in intelligence dwells in a dignity of a certain different kind.
This strand of intelligence is a global measure in assessing capabilities asserting as some sort of the cultural, essentially incorporating within itself not just the benefits of assimilation into other’s area and space of existence both physically and psychologically but also perpetuating a work environment more inclusive in that it makes way for diversity to settle in. Employees and/ or workforces with a higher CQ as adjudged on the basis of the four definite parameters of motivation (CQ Drive), cognition (CQ Knowledge), meta-cognition (CQ Strategy) and behavior (CQ Action) as identified by the proponents of this concept speak of a business culture resounding with the benefits of better productivity as well as performance and a more pronounced diversity.
These more obvious results availed out of the greater engagement abilities and fluent communication skills pinpointed by a higher ranking on the cultural quotient scale are accompanied also by as crucial deliverances that impact recruitment standards and bring about newer assertion in negotiation tactics so that the entire professional setting experiences a revamp for the better. And yet despite all its many mavericks, cultural intelligence is not the only exclusive concept of its kind. Closely associated or even overlapping could be such understandings of cross cultural competence and cultural agility that work more or less in furthering the same essence as this quotient pertaining to a greater working in intelligence. That itself speaks of the immense importance rested within this expansive area of what sums up the cultural context in related ways which is what makes it so necessary an ability to acquire and build up on.
Acquiring thus the skills in cultural competency, that is to say the set of abilities garnering a confident expression of one’s self in alien cultures and at the same time harbouring an awareness of them as well in adequate accuracy makes for an exercise in necessity as well. With a three fold approach directed to this pursuit in rewarding of a potential relevant through every sphere of life existence, cultural intelligence should not be anything very complicated to be challenged by. Instead, it is by employing the means of the cognitive, the physical and the motivational alluding respectively to the perception gained through the head, the body and the emotions that one can further their scoring of the cultural quotient so as to establish for themselves an identity reiterating of the evolutionary mechanism that humankind as a whole necessarily undergoes to continually better their existence across all aspects of the living.