Spiritual Intelligence – Defined

SPIRITUAL INTELLIGENCE is our meaning-centered intelligence. It draws on our need for and our access to deep meaning, vision, values, and an over-arching sense of purpose in our lives and leadership. It is the intelligence that makes us whole, the intelligence that tells us who we are and what our lives are about.

When leaders develop SQ in themselves, they become more effective as human beings. When they have done so, they will feel it as a vocation (a “calling”) to take it into their leadership. They will be able to take SQ into their leadership. They will be able to offer their organizations a sense of vision and purpose, their colleagues and employees a sense of meaning. SQ gives leaders the skills necessary to build spiritual capital for themselves and for their organizations. Neither spiritual intelligence nor spiritual capital has any necessary connection with religious belief or practice.