Spiritual Intelligence - A Model for Inspirational Leadership
The International Journal's Research Journal of Social Science & Management, Vol. 1, No. 9, 2012
8 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2012
Date Written: January 2, 2012
'Spirituality' is the basic feeling of being connected with one's complete self, others, and the entire universe. If a single word best captures the meaning of spirituality and the vital role that it plays in people's lives, that word is 'interconnectedness.' Spirituality should not be treated as a jargon to find place in philosophical books but it encapsulates the very essence of practicing life with simplicity. Spirituality in the workplace can be of great help in increasing the productivity of each individual and organization in totality. In contrast to religion that is organized and communal, spirituality is highly individual and intensely personal. One doesn't have to be religious in order to be spiritual. The values-based organization results when the founders or heads are guided by general philosophical principles or values that are not aligned or associated with a particular religion. In the changing business scenario there is a need to integrate spirituality into management. No organization can survive for long without spirituality and soul. Ways of managing spirituality without separating it from the other elements of management need to be understood and implemented for the holistic development of individuals and organization. This paper deals with the importance of practicing spirituality at workplace to progress from cognitive intelligence to emotional intelligence and ultimately to spiritual intelligence which acts as a catalyst for inspirational leadership and management excellence.
Keywords: intelligence quotient (IQ), emotional quotient (EQ), spirituality quotient (SQ), spiritual intelligence, inspirational leadership
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