What’s Your PQ? (How Prepared Are Your Followers?)

What's Your PQ (How Prepared Are Your Followers)

The term “precocial” is used in the animal kingdom to describe a newborn’s ability, practically from the moment it hatches, to take care of itself. For example, ducklings are mobile and mature enough to search for their own food as soon as they arrive in this world. Humans need more nurturing. Leaders often lack the time and resources to mold behavior. Leaders who have a high precocial index (PQ) understand the importance and necessity of being ready for their followers.


“A leader is most effective when people don’t even know he exists. When his work is finished and his goal achieved, they will be able to say, ‘We did that ourselves.’ Lao Tzu, an ancient Chinese poet, and philosopher said this. John Maxwell is a modern leader poet. He rhymes with the idea of leadership. “A leader knows the way, follows the path, and leads the way. Jack Welch, also known as “The Manager of Century,” uses alliteration to encourage people in leadership positions. He tells them to rely on the precocial qualities “speed, simplicity and self-confidence.” It is easy to see how these “s”-elements could permeate a culture because followers often emulate their leaders’ behavior.

Nelson Mandela, one of the most respected leaders in the world, said that it was better to follow from behind than to lead, especially when celebrating victory. People will be more appreciative of your leadership.


When ducklings show precocial ability, it’s more instinctive than inspiration. It’s often about motivating followers, so they do what the leader expects. Ex-general and President of the United States, a former president, defined leadership as “the art of getting another person to do what you want to do.” They are motivated when they are willing to engage. Alfred North Whitehead, an educator like Eisenhower, believed that romance precedes precision. It is essential to help students and staff fall in love with the work they do. This will lead to enthusiastic acceptance. Zig Ziglar is a great motivator. “People often say that motivation does not last.” Bathing is an excellent way to stay motivated. That’s why we recommend it every day!

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Consider the following suggestions for motivating others. Then circle the one that you think is the most important, considering your circumstances. Discuss with leaders you respect the steps that you can take in order to make the recommendation concrete.

1) General Patton advised that you should “Give direction, and not directions.”

2) Pay attention to both what is being said and what isn’t.

3) Make it more accessible to feel “we” than “them” and not “us.”

4) Discern emerging patterns.

5) Lack of clarity about expectations is often the root cause of team failure. To motivate others to achieve extraordinary results, make sure both sides of the communication equation have clear expectations.

6) Stop spreading rumors that can cause havoc.

7) Show appreciation to people who try to manage the change instead of subverting it.

8) Involve subordinates as much as possible in the decision-making process regarding the change and its effect on the department.

9) Periodically, elicit feedback regarding your efforts and the progress of the change implementation.

10) Make a list with principles for change. Invite employees to join the list.

Giving feedback is a great way to motivate your team members to exceed their expectations. This exercise will help them to practice.

To improve your feedback skills, form triads with colleagues and role-play these scenarios.

You will be the leader, current or future, who needs to/wants feedback on performance and job-related behavior that is not up to standard.

The person who is performing poorly or has poor behavior will be another person. Some possible discussion starters follow:

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A gossiper
A person who is often late
A person with a bad temper
Someone who is sarcastic
A person who talks too much
A person with hygiene problems
A whiner
A person who denigrates the administration
Someone who pretends to be too busy to help
A person who uses profane languages
Sloppy work:
A person who makes sexist comments.

A third person can serve as an observer. They will take notes about the role-played exchange, then share their observations and feedback on what went well and what could be improved in the future.

Leaders know that leadership rarely happens in a vacuum. You are most likely working in a group meeting when you collaborate with others to realize a leadership idea. To improve your understanding of meeting processes, you will be asked to participate in a simulation meeting.

As an example, let’s say that the meeting’s purpose is to create a policy statement on workplace violence. Your group has only 20 minutes to make at least one paragraph. Designate a timekeeper to assess your progress and how well you’ve led your followers.


As a leader, you must have both IQ (intelligence) and EQ (emotional quotient). Leadership is more than just you. Leadership involves more than you. It also includes your followers. This is where the Precocial Quotient impacts accomplishment. Your chances of achieving your goals are higher if your followers are more prepared. If you are skeptical about this statement in the business world, just think of the political world. The best ground game has prepared its followers for the challenges ahead. According to FirstDraft’s February 3, 2016, headline, Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidate, admitted that he suffered from a weak ground game in Iowa.

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