SPIRITUAL INTELLIGENCE AND LEADERSHIP 5
SpiritualIntelligence and Leadership
SpiritualIntelligence and Leadership
Integrationof spiritual intelligence in leadership positions is a dynamic but asignificant management practice that can improve leadership skills.The integration of spiritual intelligence in the current setting isimportant in the development of leaders with diverse skills andabilities to handle the dynamic management environment. This isbecause spiritual intelligence is one of the many kinds ofintelligence that are used by people to express meanings, interactwith others and understand the environment. It is part of theindividual differences and traits that define different abilities ofpeople to lead and manage individuals and groups in an organizationalsetting. Therefore, to improve management and leadership, it would beimportant to practice spiritual intelligence.
Tointegrate spiritual intelligence, the first management practice is tolearn and understand spiritual intelligence and its dynamics. Withoutunderstanding the components and significance of spiritualintelligence, it would be challenging to appreciate the need forspiritual intelligence let alone incorporating it in the managementenvironment. Through such understanding, a person is able tointegrate spiritual intelligence into personal values. According toGeorge (2006), one of the conditions of incorporating spiritualintelligence at work is to practically apply it into personal valuesby uncompromisingly living those values. Such incorporation cannottake place I a person’s working life if there is no clearunderstanding and appreciation of spiritual intelligence.
Withsuch a level of understanding I would integrate spiritualintelligence by practicing its values in personal work over time.According to Wigglesworth (2006), spiritual intelligence is developedand integrated over time towards increasing the skills of anindividual, either for management or leadership. Through theapplication of spiritual intelligence, I would be in a position todefine and understand religious and spiritual values and practicesthat relate to the values. Practicing spiritual intelligence involvesself awareness that translates to social awareness. This promotesself-management that allows a person to promote emotional selfcontrol, initiative and optimism (Wigglesworth, 2006). Therefore,relationship skills are developed, leading to the understanding ofskills of dealing with people such as change management andinspirational leadership (Wigglesworth, 2006).
Byincorporating the aspects of empathy I would endeavor to establishhealthy relationships that are informed by the understanding ofspiritual intelligence. I would integrate spiritual intelligence byevaluating the environment and concerns of other people through thespiritual angle. This will break the challenge that face managers whoare focused on tasks without establishing mechanisms that relate withthe social aspects of employees, especially those that touch onreligion and spirituality (Nahavandi, 2014). Through the applicationof spiritual intelligence, I would be able to discern the real causesof issues or problems in the organizational setting and understandthe existence of the relating emotions. To build such relationships,I would integrate spiritual intelligence in all the levels and areasof interaction with people in the work place.
Spiritualintelligence is an important kind of intelligence that shapes ourunderstanding of people and the environment based on the belief ofhigher powers and reasons for the existence of intelligence. Toimprove my leadership and managerial skills, I would integratespiritual intelligence by understanding its dynamics and appreciatingthe need of such a kind of intelligence. This will pave way to mypractice of the application of spiritual intelligence that wouldshape the interaction with people. Moreover, I would integratespiritual intelligence to develop and improve relationship withpeople and groups in an organizational setting.
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Nahavandi,A. (2014). TheArt and Science of Leadership, Seventh Edition.Upper Saddle River, New York: Pearson Prentice Hall
Wigglesworth,B. (2006). WhySpiritual Intelligence Is Essential to Mature Leadership. RetrievedFrom,<http://www.deepchange.com/Spiritual-Intelligence-n-Mature-Leadership.pdf>August 19, 2014