Emergence, a vital phenomenon of evolution, has been the primary focus of numerous pioneer complexity researchers. In this study, the complexity-intelligence and emergence-intelligence linkages are scrutinised. Encompassing and exploring spaces of high complexity by human organisations requires a better comprehension of emergence and the new intelligence leadership strategy. As humanity is encountering edges of chaos more frequently, and interacting agents in human organisations are also becoming more intelligent entities, a transformation in leadership mindset and management strategy is inevitable. This analysis confirms that leadership can be rendered more effective if intelligence, complexity, emergence, autopoiesis and self-organisation are concurrently exploited.
In this respects, the effective self-organising ability of the human organisations is a new critical success factor. Thus, being able to nurture the deliberate-emergence ‘auto-switch’ and achieving a higher level of strategic complexity-competitiveness and sustainability is a new challenge. In this case, the effective leaders are those that channel a significant amount of time and resources into exploring and exploiting the complexity-emergence-intelligence relationships more holistically at all time. Thus, in summary, an intelligence leader is one that possesses the intelligence mindset, concentrates on third-order mental stability, makes preparation for edges of chaos, exploits spaces of high complexity, recognises the space-time interdependent criticality and also focuses on longer-term survival and sustainability.