The Critical Intelligences for Leadership Success in the 21st Century
“Spiritual intelligence is the central and most fundamental of all the intelligences, because it becomes the source of guidance for the others.”
Stephen Covey, The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness (Simon and Schuster, 2004, p.53)
The idea that there is more to effective leadership than high IQ is now well accepted. In the past two decades, Daniel Goleman’s groundbreaking research on Emotional Intelligence (EQ) has been widely embraced by the business community. It is no longer uncommon to find leaders being assessed on self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills, as well as more traditional qualities such as technical depth, determination, and vision.
What is Spiritual Intelligence?
As leaders confront today’s increasingly challenging business environment, however, even EQ is not enough to help them survive and thrive. Author and organizational consultant Cindy Wigglesworth, founder of Deep Change, believes that there are four critical intelligences that today’s leaders need to develop. In addition to strong IQ and EQ, she argues, a strong foundation in Physical Intelligence (PQ) and a willingness to develop Spiritual Intelligence (SQ) are needed. When these four come together, she writes, the result is the Deep Intelligence™ that is necessary to lead a transformative organization in a fast- changing and unpredictable world.
“Spiritual Intelligence is the the ability to behave with Wisdom and Compassion while maintaining inner and outer peace (equanimity) regardless of the circumstances.”
Cindy Wigglesworth, founder of Deep Change
What are 21 Skills of Spiritual Intelligence?
Below is the list of 21 skills of Spiritual Intelligence used in the SQ21 Spiritual Intelligence assessment developed by Cindy Wigglesworth of Deep Change, Inc.
Self / Self Awareness
- Awareness of own worldview
- Awareness of Life Purpose (Mission)
- Awareness of Values Hierarchy
- Complexity of inner thought
- Awareness of Ego self/Higher Self
- Awareness of interconnectedness of life
- Awareness of worldviews of others
- Breadth of Time perception
- Awareness of limitations / power of human perception
- Awareness of Spiritual Laws
- Experience of transcendent oneness
Self / Self Mastery
- Commitment to spiritual growth
- Keeping Higher Self in charge
- Living your purpose and values
- Sustaining faith in tough times
- Seeking guidance from Higher Self
Social Mastery / Spiritual Presence
- Wise and effective teacher / mentor
- Wise and effective leader / change agent
- Makes Compassionate AND Wise decisions
- Being a calming, healing presence
- Being aligned with the ebb and flow of life
Cindy Wigglesworth at TEDxSonomaCounty
How can we measure Spiritual Intelligence?
Assessment of Spiritual Intelligence is available through SQ21™ which has been carefully created and tested by Deep Change, Inc. for construct validity, reliability, and has been cross‐correlated with another respected Harvard Instrument.
How can we develop Spiritual Intelligence?
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