Let’s face it. We have all met people who are emotionally intelligent; who can recognize, understand and influence others emotions. Not just amazingly smart but do have self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and excellent social skills.
For sure, you knew someone and can name several in your workplace.
But, haven’t you notice, there were emotionally intelligent people leading in their field of work that lost direction?
Like the manager you look up because of how he manage the team to develop, be competitive and work together, lost meaning of what his doing for all his life?
Actors who have been great inspiration to others life, with great work, with good millions of income, good relationship suddenly commits suicide.
Meaning. Direction. Purpose.
It seems that there is a missing piece of a puzzle.
A missing piece of intelligence “with which we heal ourselves and make ourselves whole again”, we call it SPIRITUAL QUOTIENT or SPIRITUAL INTELLEGENCE.
What is Spiritual Intelligence?
It was Danah Zohar who coined the term “spiritual intelligence” and introduced the idea to her book. Steven Covey also speaks of Spiritual Intelligence as “the central and most fundamental intelligences, because it becomes the source of guidance for the others.”
Spiritual Intelligence is an ability to access higher meanings, values, abiding purposes and unconscious aspects of the self and to embed these meaning, values, and purpose in living a richer and more creative life.
It is having a visionary leader.
The likes of Churchill, Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Mother Teresa are the few names and persona who’s secret in their life and leadership was their ability to inspire people and give them sense of something worth to struggle for.
Why Spiritual Quotient matters?
In a world were technological advancement, materialism, narrow self-centeredness, lack of meaning and less committed, we become spiritually dumb.
Just by hearing the word “spiritual”, we become irritated and we relate it immediately with religion. But, it is not, because with or without the presence of religion we are spiritual beings. We are beings who seek for a direction in life, who has the capacity to heal ourselves of all the resentment, capable of finding meaning in our experiences and see ourselves as an expression of a higher reality.
Here are few principles to consider:
- Self-Awareness: Knowing what I believe in and value, and what deeply motivates me
- Spontaneity: Living in and being responsive to the moment
- Being Vision- and Value-Led: Acting from principles and deep beliefs, and living accordingly
- Holism: Seeing larger patterns, relationships, and connections; having a sense of belonging
- Compassion: Having the quality of “feeling-with” and deep empathy
- Celebration of Diversity: Valuing other people for their differences, not despite them
- Field Independence: Standing against the crowd and having one’s own convictions
- Humility: Having the sense of being a player in a larger drama, of one’s true place in the world
- Tendency to Ask Fundamental “Why?” Questions: Needing to understand things and get to the bottom of them
- Ability to Reframe: Standing back from a situation or problem and seeing the bigger picture; seeing problems in a wider context
- Positive Use of Adversity: Learning and growing from mistakes, setbacks, and suffering
- Sense of Vocation: Feeling called upon to serve, to give something back