While people recognize that there are multiple intelligences which all humans possess to some level or another (i.e. analytic, musical, linguistic, interpersonal, kinesthetic, spacial) many are not aware of spiritual intelligence. In most every culture throughout time, people have recognized that humans are bio (physical body), psycho (mental), social (emotional), spiritual (spirit) beings. At 4Q Smart we recognize these as the four key intelligences of PQ-physical, IQ-mental, EQ-emotional, and SQ-spiritual.
Spiritual intelligence is gaining recognition as a separate intelligence that we all intuitively know we have but haven’t been talked about much until around 1999-2000. At that time many researchers discovered this as a definite intelligence that can be defined and measured. One of the leading pioneers in the field is Cindy Wigglesworth. She defines spiritual intelligence as the ability to behave with wisdom and compassion while maintaining inner and outer peace regardless of the situation. She says that it plays a fundamental role in all of our intelligences. It is the integrating intelligence - a “capstone” that links and amplifies our rational and emotional capacities.
Other researchers and authors began to write about SQ in the early 2000’s such as Stephen R. Covey, Danah Zohar, and Ken Wilber.
- “Spiritual Intelligence is the central and most fundamental of all the intelligences because it becomes the source of guidance of the other three (PQ, IQ, EQ)....it is superior to the other intelligences” ~Stephen R. Covey
- “By SQ I mean the intelligence with which we address and solve problems of meaning and value, the intelligence with which we can place our actions and our lives in a wider, richer, meaning-giving context, the intelligence with which we can assess that one course of action or one life-path is more meaningful than another. SQ is the necessary foundation for the effective functioning of both IQ and EQ. It is our ultimate intelligence.” ~Danah Zohar
- Ken Wilber says that it is the intelligence that causes us to ask the questions of ultimate concern, what means more to me than anything else, what is the nature of ultimate reality, and who or what am I really?
While SQ may be the most recently discovered and least known of the multiple intelligences, it is the most important of them all. Research has shown that people with high SQ perform better in relationships and on the job than those with lower SQ. Spiritual intelligence is an enhancer of EQ and IQ skills as revealed in Cindy Wigglesworth’s 21 skills model.
Leaders in every field will perform better if they have higher SQ. They will have greater self-awareness recognizing their worldview, purpose, values, complexity of thought and ability to access intuition and the more noble aspect of themselves in all situations. They have greater universal awareness recognizing the interconnectedness of life, limits of human perception, the worldview of others, universal laws, and access to transcendent wisdom. They have greater self mastery, social mastery, and spiritual presence becoming wise and effective teachers, leaders, and change agents, while making wise and compassionate decisions, being a calm and healing presence, and possessing the ability to understand and go with the natural flow of what is happening resulting in effortless action that is just the right thing to do in the situation.
Whether you are a housewife, CEO, student, manager, gardener, or any other occupation, increasing your SQ will greatly benefit your life and enhance your effectiveness in all your endeavors. You don’t need to be deficient in Spiritual Intelligence; contact us today to learn how you can increase the 21 skills of your SQ.
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