August 05, 2018 at 07:00 pm
Marie Annette G. Dacul
Spiritual intelligence (SQ) is variously defined as the “backbone of human consciousness, responsible for character-building and meaning making,” “literacy in the practice of transformation,” “framework for identifying and organizing the skills and competencies needed for the adaptive use of spirituality.” It essentially seeks answers to the question “is this all there is?”
The general impression is that SQ gives a “general perception on life and all of its experiences and events and enables us to configure and re-describe our experiences and deepen our recognition.” It is also fast becoming a leadership imperative.
According to the article of Professor Yasuno of Yokohama National University, bringing about progress in the external world will require the internal transformation of people who are willing to lead. Therefore, a person who can deal with different people with the purpose of fighting injustice and exploitation and working toward inclusive growth is fundamental to a positive change. Moreover, a leadership that is closely related to “one’s spirituality through a growing awareness of self and others” is vital.
For our survival, it is crucial that we have leaders who continually embrace spiritual existence. Consultants on leadership development highlight that organizations with weak leadership will most likely face hard challenges in their striving to implement change.
In the university I work in, employees strive to surmount the challenges of the modern world. Guided by the Catholic faith and inspired by the teachings of St. Josemaria Escriva, our organization has made it a point to inculcate and infuse values in everything we do. We have a mentoring system for employees to bring the integration of professional work and personal level. While we do a lot of networking to develop good and productive relationships, we also yearn to be a change agent and to be a role model for society.
We know that change is essential for organizations to keep up with the future. However, many organizational issues require clear direction, and also spirituality, from leaders at several levels of management. As said by the person leading the day-today operations of a large steel company, mature leadership, high SQ leadership, is about deep compassion manifesting in wise action and a profound personal integrity. In the words of Epictetus, a Greek Stoic philosopher, “It is not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.”
Ms. Dacul is a Doctor of Business Administration student at De La Salle University. She is a senior agribusiness specialist at the University of Asia and the Pacific. The views expressed above are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official position of DLSU, its faculty and its administrators.