Integral Spiritual Intelligence: 21 Skills in 4 Quadrants

by Cindy Wigglesworth. The Innerwords Messenger. Accessed April 14, 2017.

Leadership development consultant and multiple intelligences expert Cindy Wigglesworth begins her definition of Spiritual Intelligence with the assertion that it should be applicable across faiths, competency-based in ways that allow for individual self-improvement, and useful in the secular world. She seeks to answer the question: “What behaviors and skills do ‘spiritually admirable’ people demonstrate and how can others acquire them?” Branching out from Howard Gardner’s work on Multiple Intelligences and Daniel Goleman’s in Emotional Intelligence, Wigglesworth classifies the skills and behaviors of Spiritual Intelligence into four quadrants: Higher-self/Ego-self Awareness, Higher-self/Ego-self Mastery, Universal Awareness, and Social Mastery/Spiritual Presence. The congregational leader will quickly recognize in self and others such Spiritual Intelligence traits as “awareness of life purpose/mission,” “awareness of worldview of others,” and “commitment to spiritual growth.” These classifications will help the clergy or lay leader to recognize the gifts and skills in his/her congregation and maximize them on the ground.