Spiritual Intelligence – what makes a virtuous leader?

In my conversation with Cindy Wigglesworth, creator of the magnificent assessment instrument for Spiritual Intelligence, for the podcast to be released October 31st, she spoke about her definition of what it means to be spiritual.

The innate human need to be connected with something larger than self.

I find it hard to not feel there is something larger than self every single time I witness the sun rise, swim in the ocean, run in the forest, look at the stars, or watch my dog play at the park.

Nature, beauty, love…they all floor me completely.

Cindy began her quest with an inquiry about what makes the Mandela’s and Gandhi’s and King’s of the world so different from us? How do we even begin to approach their level of leadership?

What makes a virtuous leader? A noble leader?

Who is running their choices? Their small ego, or their higher self?

From this inquiry she saw that Spiritual Intelligence, or the ability to behave with wisdom and compassion with inner and outer peace regardless of the consequences...was a leadership skill worth aspiring to.

That indeed, if we had any aspiration to this kind of intelligence…wisdom, compassion, peace…no matter what…the journey to THAT would be worth it.

The leaders from the organizations featured in Frederic Laloux’s remarkable book, Reinventing Organizations, (see the podcast here) all have high SQ. To run the type of organizations they have created requires a high SQ. Hugo Spowers, Founder and Chief Architect of Riversimple, featured in the podcast on 24th October, 2014, has high SQ.

If this is something you aspire to as a leader, then I have an opening for two people highly committed to this journey. It is the most extraordinary, often challenging, beautiful journey. It is a deep privilege for me to work with you to move towards a higher SQ and in so doing create an enterprise that serve the well-being of all. This has been my foundation work for the last 17 years.

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