We’ve heard of IQ and EQ before, but there’s another type of intelligence that’s rarely put in the spotlight and that’s SQ or ‘spiritual quotient’.
We all have SQ within us. SQ is reflected in our ability to “make wise and compassionate decisions while maintaining inner and outer peace, regardless of the situation”.
Today on the podcast, Amy Lynn Durham and I are going to dive deep into SQ, why this is an important aspect in leadership development, and how this translates to better company results.
We also talk about how we can increase our SQ so that we can increase our empathy and manage conflicts better.
Topics covered in this episode:
[05:01] What spiritual intelligence is
[06:58] Major differences between EQ and SQ (spiritual quotient)
[13:34] The 4 Quadrants of SQ
[22:32] SQ in action: Resolving conflicts
[26:58] The 21 skills of SQ
[30:04] SQ in action: Holding opposing views in the same space
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Amy Lynn Durham is the CEO of “Create Magic At Work” and a U.C. Berkeley Certified Executive Coach. She is certified to coach in the 21 skills associated with Spiritual Intelligence (SQ) using the SQ21 Assessment and an Emotional Intelligence Practitioner (EQ).
Amy has spent years in the corporate world successfully managing hundreds of employees for private and publicly traded companies. Her company, Create Magic At Work’s intention is to offer Spiritual Intelligence (SQ) and Emotional Intelligence (EQ) tools to energize and transform the workplace.
As an expert in building positive company cultures, Amy designed Create Magic At Work to bring a variety of services and strategies to aid in cultivating teamwork and harmony in order to improve profits and employee morale.
What spiritual intelligence is
Spiritual intelligence is a faith-neutral system. You can be agnostic or atheist; as long as you believe there is a place within you that can operate from wisdom, compassion, and love, you can work on the skills of SQ, and they are designed for leaders in the workplace.
How to be an effective change agent
To be a wise and effective change agent, we don’t go for quick fixes. If something needs to be fixed, we don’t just put a bandaid on it – we seek to find the underlying issues and make sure it’s really fixed.
What happens when we do that is we change systems that we’re working in; because oftentimes, the systems that we’re working in don’t lend us to be operating in our higher selves. And if you’re a wise and effective change agent operating from an SQ space, from your higher self, you’re going to dig for that systemic change over the quick fix.
If you want to be the ultimate servant leader, keep in mind that you’re not just serving your customers, your employees, your shareholders, etc. – you’re actually serving the impact that you’re leaving on the planet and the ripple effect that you’re going to send out to those individuals. It’s a big responsibility. But it’s a really cool one to have if you think about it.
Links and References
- Connect with Amy on LinkedIn
- SQ21: The Twenty-One Skills of Spiritual Intelligence by Cindy Wigglesworth (book)
- The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra (book)
- Cornerstones of wisdom: the four-fold way by Angeles Arrien (TEDx talk)
- The Quantum Leader by Danah Zohar (book)
- Polarity Management by Dr. Barry Johnson (paper)