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Why Spiritual Intelligence is Essential to Mature Leadership

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High levels of adult development are invariably linked to spiritual intelligence, and therefore a mature leader is one who leads from the inside out, or, as the author puts it, “Who we are is how we lead.”

In a complex world filled with seemingly insurmountable challenges, who is best prepared to lead? This piece contends that it is the leader at the highest stages of adult development who is best prepared to cope effectively with the opportunities and perils of contemporary life conditions at a local and global scale.

These life conditions demand a more complex and a more elegantly simple form of leadership. Spiritual intelligence, or what the author defines as the ability to behave with compassion and wisdom while maintaining inner and outer peace (equanimity) regardless of the circumstances, is integral to such leadership. The critical relationship of wisdom and compassion as pertains to leadership is discussed, and the author presents and examines specific dimensions of spiritual intelligence as viewed though the four quadrants and multiple levels of development. Additionally, the relationship of adult ego development to spiritual development is examined, and the critical distinctions between the functional self and the Higher Self are elaborated. The author presents the latest research on multiple lines of development, identifies three discrete ways in which spiritually intelligent leaders move people, and provides a phenomenology of the uppermost stages of leadership development as reflected in William Torbert’s Ironist action logic.

This piece is informed primarily by perspectives from the UL quadrant. It assumes familiarity with the integral model, constructivist-developmental theory, and Torbert’s Action Logics, and is therefore most suitable for an advanced audience. Topic areas include the AQAL Leadership Model, and The “I” of Leadership.

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