Chess can have strong influence on the ability and performance of exceptional leaders in any field, and how the game of Chess can enhance the cognitive capacity of those in leadership, beginning at a young age, to improve their mental capacity in a world experiencing diverse change in this new millennium.
According to Business Insider , Peter Thiel, a Chess Master and billionaire resident in Silicon Valley, uses Chess analo-gies often during his CS183 class at Stanford University. There may be a connection between Chess, leadership, business, and being in that one percent group. The road less traveled to becoming a better leader may be as simple as becoming interest-ed in, and a regular participant in, the Game of Kings. There is a good chance the person who is outperforming others currently is, or has been, an active Chess player.
The object of the game of Chess is check-mate and it can happen in as few as four moves or less. Most checkmates, how-ever, occur within an average of 20-40 moves. The correlate here, for example in busi-ness, is that bringing a product to market requires the same methodology and skilled execution. Usually, a company only gets one chance to bring a product to market correctly, and so often in the game of Chess, a player may only get one chance to checkmate the opponent.
Chess represents a well-researched methodology for developing some of the most advanced, creative, thought-leaders an organisation can hire.
Benjamin Franklin, in the 18th century, understood the power of Chess to transform minds and became the rst celebrity propo-nent of the game.
Correlates between Leadership and Chess.
An important correlation between chess and leadership skill, that must be considered, is the comparison of piece values and people values.There are specific numerical values associated with each Chess piece that every beginner learns. Chess teaches that captur-ing the opposition’s piece, even though possible, may be a bad move a player should only capture a piece if, in acquiring the piece, one receives a benefit in time, resources, or posi-tion. It may appear one is gaining a short-term material advantage, but it may cost the game if employed.In Chess, every move changes the space and increases the flux.
If one understands the board itself is a single square composed of 64 smaller squares, which makes the board the 65th square.This describes a key leadership trait being pattern recognition, a skill that leads to better intuition. Better intuition and visualization would obviously improve a leader’s flux capacity.
Chess is not only about knowing the next three moves in the short-term outcomes of the game, but how those combinations will alter the game as a whole to one’s advantage or disadvantage.For example, a corporate behemoth may sell off a subsidiary in order to consolidate its position in the marketplace, or a new entrepreneur may sell off a company to a behemoth in order to bring a new idea into the marketplace and expand the entrepreneur’s influence. In Chess and leadership, timing and visualization of potential opportunity is quint-essential to success.
Future entrepreneurial and/or leadership classes of tomorrow could profit from supporting and teaching Chess at an early age to develop/strengthen students’ mental acumen.Incorporating Chess into the early grade curriculum, as well as in graduate leadership/business/industrial/educational programs, etc., could be an essential catalyst for enhancing the skills of graduates and lead-ers as they enter the new, millennial, global, competitive workforce.