The text is mostly derived from this article by Cindy Wigglesworth.
Spiritual intelligence is critical for personal growth and authentic leadership. The community, family, global and business leaders of the future will be those who are quickest to recognize this fact and begin to measure and cultivate the skills of spiritual intelligence in themselves and their organisations. Who are your spiritual heroes – those people you would think of as exemplary human beings? What characteristics do you admire in them? We tend to admire people who have high integrity and are courageous, loving, calm, visionary, selfless, inspiring and making a difference. Think about this for yourself. Make your own list of those you consider to be especially noble, and why. This is a great starting point for becoming an exemplar yourself. Spiritual intelligence is an essential component of both personal and professional development as we access the voice of our higher self and let it drive our lives.
There is an undeniable connection between the personal and the professional, between the inner life of the self and the outer world of effectiveness and impact. Your personal development changes you. Further, who you are ultimately determines how you lead. We are all leaders and role models regardless of our jobs, to everyone we interact with. Deep, authentic leadership requires that we lead ourselves first. We do the spiritual weightlifting to develop a deep inner self-awareness and compassion for the world around us. We build the multiple intelligences we need: mental intelligence (IQ) and the related technical skills; emotional intelligence (EQ); physical intelligence (PQ), or good body management; and spiritual intelligence (SQ).
Mental intelligence is mathematical and verbal skills. EQ is the ability to recognize one’s own and other people’s emotions and use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior. Physical intelligence is a foundational skill we all practice every day: put very simply, when we don’t take care of our bodies, everything else suffers. PQ can be defined as “body awareness and skillful use” A simple example of poor PQ is allowing yourself to be continually sleep-deprived. Mental, emotional, and spiritual functioning diminishes along with stamina and health.
Spiritual intelligence can be defined as the ability to behave with wisdom and compassion, while maintaining inner and outer peace, regardless of the situation. SQ development is about moving from immature ego-driven behaviours to more mature higher self-driven behaviors. How do we do that? We develop the ability to hear the voice of our higher self, to understand and transcend the voice of our ego, and to be guided by deep wisdom and compassion. IQ and EQ support us as we develop the skillful means to deploy our noblest intention. The ego matures and nuanced forms of more effective leadership develop. With more SQ comes less drama and more impact.
Here’s one quick tip you can practice right away: Learn to be quiet. In the stillness you can observe deeply. Notice when your body and mind are feeling nervous. Hear the voice of your ego and its fears. Love your ego – it is valuable. But know that it is also a drama queen. It needs guidance and balance. Hold your noble heroes in mind and ask your higher self for guidance. What is the wise and compassionate action to take today in this situation? What is in the highest and best interest of all players — including me, my co-workers, friends, family, company, society, and the planet? From this quiet place, you can act with SQ.
“The more you trust your intuition, the more empowered you become, the stronger you become, and the happier you become.” – Gisele Bundchen, whom I personally think as one of my spiritual heroes. This lady has got intelligence on multiple levels.