VQ and PQ: Two Indispensible Leadership Keys

Published by Brian Hershey on



I discovered something recently that has revolutionized the way I gauge the future success or failure of leaders. I call it a leader’s VQ and PQ.

The VQ stands for Vision Quotient.

What is the leader’s vision for the future of the organization? Is it grand and compelling? Such visions, which are not formed overnight, inspire and motivate others to put forth their outmost to achieve the vision.

If that vision is not grand and compelling, he or she will struggle to attract followers, and any who gets in line will likely not put forth the extra time and energy necessary for the organization’s optimal performance.

Grand and compelling visions are short, memorable, and attractive.

 To be the world’s best quick service restaurant experience. ~McDonalds

To bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world. ~Nike

To put joy in kids’ hearts and a smile on parents’ faces. ~Toys ‘R’ Us

To be earth’s most customer centric company; to build a place where people can come to find and discover anything they might want to buy online. ~Amazon[1]

 The PQ stands for Power Quotient.

What is the leader’s power? Is it demanded from his followers or granted by his followers? One of the great ironies in life is that true power can never be taken; it must be granted. Followers are more likely to grant power to their leaders when he or she leads with justice, integrity, and humility.

Without power, a leader simply cannot lead. At best all he can do is manage situations. Leaders are entrusted with greater power when they endear themselves to others and when the needs of their followers are put above selfish ambition.


Can you think of a strong leader who lacks VQ or PQ?

What steps might you need to take to increase your VQ or PQ?




[1] All quotes taken from Vikas Vij, “Tips for Coming Up With a Great Vision Statement,” Bright Hub, http://www.brighthub.com/office/entrepreneurs/articles/95766.aspx (accessed Apr 5, 2014).


Todd · April 7, 2014 at 1:24 pm

LOTS of “leaders” who lack one or both, Brian. Excellent points…and great blog posts. I need to read back.

    Brian · April 7, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Thanks, Todd! Appreciate the feedback!

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