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Spiritual and Emotional Intelligence

What is Spiritual Intelligence?

Spiritual intelligence is a term used by some researchers to indicate spiritual parallels with Intelligence Quotient (IQ) and Emotional Quotient.

Variations of spiritual intelligence are sometimes used in corporate settings, as a means of motivating employees and providing a framework for addressing issues of values in the workplace.

According to Stephen Covey, "Spiritual intelligence is the central and most fundamental of all the intelligences, because it becomes the source of guidance for the others."

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What is Spiritual Intelligence

Danah Zohar* defined 12 principles underlying Spiritual Intelligence:

  • 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 despise 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 or 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.
*Zohar, D, 'SQ: Connecting with Our Spiritual Intelligence': Bloomsbury (paperback 2000), ISBN 1-58234-044-7

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