Enabling Leadership and Spiritual Intelligence

A weekend of reflection, time out to develop the business and work matters, made me think of ways in which we can establish a relaxed, valued yet inspired organisation to innovate.

In the UK, we are celebrating Adult Learning Week with lots of fantastic initiatives, wellbeing programmes, learning tasters, through key partners and collaborations. Inspired individuals take Union Learning Representation seriously and act as perfect champions and peer support for others; encouraging personal development and active participation, in learning and development.

The development, rise and popularity of social enterprises highlights the importance of valuing individuals, nurturing talent, empowerment and overall aim to ‘build sustainable environments’.

What got me thinking is the role of ‘spiritual intelligence‘ in western led businesses? Is it something we would consider in establishing and nurturing innovation and creativity? Is it something that we shy away from?

A company who has reaped significant dividends, engaging leading technical experts, developing world-class talent and cutting edge technological advancements, is Apple. We are all aware of this, but a moment of thought, for the context with which spiritual intelligence enables leadership skills, environments, and people.

What role does spiritual intelligence play in leadership traits and delivery?

What key spiritual intelligence attributes must leaders possess to enable innovation and creativity?

How does spiritual intelligence enable personal development, people management towards innovation?

Is this common practice (East or West) or something we need to consider when developing creativity in the workplace?

Competence and skills development are key levers to talent management, progression and performance, but is there a way we can look at behaviours that enable us to deliver ‘optimum’ competence in the workplace?

How do we nurture these skills to support leaders? What impact can spiritual intelligence have in your organisation?

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4 thoughts on “Enabling Leadership and Spiritual Intelligence

    • Thank you Peter for your very thoughtful comments.

      Having seen an article by Fiona Beddoes-Jones, this morning from the People Management (August 2012 edition), the awareness of ‘Authentic Leadership’ resonates with the philosophy and context behind this blog. In summary, the article refers to authentic leadership as a key to building organisational trust through self-awareness, self-regulation, moral virtue and actions. Furthermore, the three pillars of authentic leadership is refered to as a visual model, but essentially stems on ‘building relationships’ and the softer side of management and leadership. We need to stop churning out ‘clinical’ or sterile (as you refer to) models. Basic management practice still works if you allow it.

      Useful discussion and one which I hope will encourage more views. Thank you

      Prabhjit

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