display a particular kind of intelligence. It's called
"Diplomatic Intelligence." Be aware that this is not a
political diplomacy like we're accustomed to seeing, where there's a
lot of talk and posturing for the public's benefit. Instead, we're talking
about really stepping into the world view of someone else and working to get all sides to truly understand each other.
do this naturally, and are often seen as the catalysts in a work group.
By relating to others empathetically, they possess a keen ability to reflect and anticipate unspoken issues and intentions of others. They seem to
provide "lubricant" for group maintenance and interactions. Thus they appear to be natural catalysts and diplomats.
are some skills Catalysts naturally demonstrate:
Build bridges between people
Strive to unify by understanding and resolving deeper issues
Communicate similarities with symbols and metaphors
Clarify values, mission and meaning
intelligence is the talent for dealing with people in a skillful, sensitive
manner that enables bridges of mutual understanding, cooperation, and consensus
to be built. Catalysts place a strong value on harmony, unity, and
cooperation, and possess the requisite skills to realize these aspirations in
their own relationships and in helping other parties work or live together more
draw heavily on their natural gift for empathy in dealing diplomatically with
others. They are not only able to anticipate how others will feel in a
given situation, but often they themselves feel what the other person is
feeling. This empathic connection enables them to see things from another
person's perspective and to communicate that perspective to others. Thus,
conflict resolution, mediation, and consensus building are often tasks at which
the Catalyst excels.
effectiveness is further enhanced by the Catalysts' natural tendency for
integrative thinking. A Catalyst will often notice first the similarities
between people, ideas, or theories before noticing and exploring the
differences. They are also able to perceive similarities between very
disparate categories, circumstances, or individuals, similarities often
unnoticed by others.
characteristically possess strong language skills, particularly the use of
symbols and metaphors. They often use this form of language to help others
understand unfamiliar concepts or perspectives from a familiar point of
reference. Thus Catalysts are often gifted at revealing the deeper meaning
or significance of others' actions or words, the true roots of a conflict, or
the motivations of others in ways that people readily understand and appreciate.
gifted at building bridges between others, Catalysts are simultaneously adept at
highlighting the particular contributions, talents, and potentials of
individuals. This is frequently displayed in their ability and tendency to
praise and encourage the current strengths and latent potential of those around
them. Thus the role of developer is one that Catalysts frequently play,
whether it is their official responsibility or not! Bringing out the best
in others is a natural gift for these individuals.
are also generally skilled as catalysts of change -- especially when that change
involves improving the circumstances of others. Frequently they adopt the
role of an advocate, especially for those they view as less fortunate, wronged,
oppressed, or overlooked. They use their energy, enthusiasm, and language
skills to influence those with the power to do so to make things better.
Catalysts possess (and may feel possessed!) by the ability to envision a
"better world." Their focus is not on how things are, but on how
they might be. Making the world (whether it is the world of their family,
workplace, community, or the entire globe) a more caring, positive, equitable,
and humane place drives much of their inner and outer lives.
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