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Integrated Spiritual Intelligence Assessments

In the world of business and academia there is much talk of the contribution of emotional intelligence to individual wellbeing and leadership. Spiritual Intelligence (SI) is an analogous concept, which our own research and that conducted by others have shown to be similarly significant in explaining and contributing to individual functioning, wellbeing and leadership.

By Spiritual Intelligence, we mean the ability to apply, express and embody spiritual resources and qualities to enhance daily functioning and wellbeing. We distinguish Spiritual Intelligence from a spiritual experience (e.g. an experience of oneness while meditating or walking in the forest) or spiritual belief (e.g. belief in God). With Spiritual Intelligence, we focus on the ability to express and embody spiritual resources and qualities to enhance day-to-day happiness and effectiveness.

Spiritual resources refer to themes from the world’s wisdom traditions relating to consciousness, ultimate meaning, the sacred, transcendence and liberation. Other important qualities include, truth, relatedness, service and compassion.

Spiritual Intelligence
Spiritual Intelligence
45 question survey
(10-15 minutes)
Basic Report
Spiritual Intelligence
Spiritual Intelligence
83 questions survey
(20 minutes)
Comprehensive report with improvement tips
Spiritual Intelligence
360º Survey
Spiritual Intelligence
83 questions survey
(20 minutes)
Comprehensive report with 360 feedback and improvement tips

I enjoyed taking the survey and reflecting on my decision-making and leadership style. It gave me a lot of food for introspection and insight. And the coaching and lessons based on the results were invaluable. Thanks for the opportunity!” - Melissa

Seven major themes of Spiritual Intelligence emerged as nearly universal in Yosi Amram’s research based on 71 interviews with spiritual leaders and teachers who had been nominated by their peers as those who ‘walk the talk’, namely those that embody their spiritual values in daily life. They are:

- Consciousness - developed refined awareness and self-knowledge;
- Grace - living in alignment with the sacred, manifesting love for and trust in life;
- Meaning - experiencing significance in daily activities through a sense of purpose and a call for service, even in the face of pain and suffering;
- Transcendence - going beyond the separate egoic self into an interconnected wholeness;
- Truth - living in open acceptance, curiosity, and love for all creation (all that is);
- Serenity - peaceful surrender to Self (Reality, Truth, God, etc.);
- Inner-Directedness - inner freedom aligned with responsible wise action.

These 7 universal themes, which are found across all the major world traditions, emerged from developing an ecumenical grounded theory using thematic analysis of these 71 interviews.(1,2) Most of the participants in this research identified themselves as belonging to the major spiritual traditions, including Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Non-dual, Earth, Taoism and Yoga.

In follow-on research in collaboration with Dr Christopher Dryer, Amram and Dryer (2008) derived, tested and validated questionnaire items drawn from these themes. This follow-on research produced an academically validated, ecumenical measure of Spiritual Intelligence: the Integrated Spiritual Intelligence Scale.(3) In further research by others, this scale has indeed been shown to be predicative of functioning and wellbeing in a variety of domains and contexts.

This Integrated Spiritual Intelligence scale contains 83 self-report items, clustering into 22 Spiritual Intelligence sub-scale capabilities and grouped into 5 overall domains showing significant overlap with the 7 SI themes identified in the previous qualitative research. The 5 domains and the subscales are:

Consciousness, including capacities subscales for:
- Intuition, Mindfulness, Synthesis

Grace, including capacities subscales for:
- Beauty, Discernment, Freedom, Gratitude, Immanence, Joy

Meaning, including capacities subscales for:
- Purpose, Service

Transcendence including capacities subscales for:
- Higher-self, Holism, Practice, Relatedness, Sacredness

Truth including capacities subscales for:
- Egolessness, Equanimity, Inner-wholeness, Openness, Presence, Trust

“By participating I came up with 10 areas of improvement in my work, and more importantly, my life. It was also important to hear what my strengths are so I can continue to leverage them. Thanks!” - Laura

Our Integrated Spiritual Intelligence Assessments:

It may sound strange to receive an assessment for your Spiritual Intelligence. After all, it is hard to imagine how Spiritual Intelligence can be objectively measured. Well, much like emotional intelligence (and other assessments for psychological constructs), we do have an academically valid and reliable instrument that has been used and applied in dozens of research studies and translated into dozens of languages.

However, it is also important to understand what these assessments provide and don’t provide. Given that the instruments rely primarily on self-reported data, they do not claim to provide an objective absolute measure of spiritual intelligence, as you might expect with an IQ test, which would say that your SIQ is X (e.g. 122). Instead, we provide a profile of your own assessment of key strengths, other assets and areas of greatest opportunity for growth. In other words, we might provide you with an assessment profile that identifies Gratitude as an important strength and Freedom as an opportunity. You might score higher than average (compared with most people) on both, but relative to your own strengths, Gratitude may be more of a strength than Freedom. For someone else, Trust might be a key strength and Discernment might be an opportunity. Along with each competency area, we provide some tips on how to apply that competency and further develop it. The following are the SI assessment options we provide:

- Free basic Integrated Spiritual Intelligence questionnaire (ISIR-B). This assessment takes about 10–15 minutes to complete. You will receive a personalized report of your key strengths, other assets, and developmental opportunities along the 5 domains and 22 Spiritual Intelligence capacities.

- Comprehensive Spiritual Intelligence Report (ISIR-C). This assessment is more complete and reliable than the basic version and takes about 20 minutes to answer. In addition to your profile of key strengths, assets and developmental opportunities for each competency area, it includes helpful personalized tips and recommendations for the development of each of the 5 domains of SI.

- ISIR-360 report. This report involves both comprehensive self-assessment and an opportunity to ask others who know you in your daily life to provide feedback on their perception of your strengths, assets, and developmental opportunities.
Simply provide their email addresses and we will invite them to provide the feedback, which takes about 10–15 minutes for them to complete.
Your ISIR 360 Report will then include both your self-assessment of strengths, assets, and opportunities, as well as the 360° feedback from those who know you. The report compares your self-assessment to your 360° feedback, so that you get a picture of how accurate your self-perception is compared to how others experience you. You might discover some pleasant surprises (potential hidden strengths) and some yellow flags (potential blind spots,) as you gain valuable insight into whether, and in which areas, you tend to be either overly humble or overly confident in your self-assessment.

- (1) Amram, Yosi (2007). The Seven Dimensions of Spiritual Intelligence: An Ecumenical Grounded Theory (pdf). Paper presented at the 115th Annual (August 2007) Conference of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.
- (2) Amram, Yosi (2007). What is Spiritual Intelligences? An Ecumenical, Grounded Theory (pdf). Working paper of the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto, CA.
- (3) Amram, Yosi & Dryer, Christopher (2008). The Integrated Spiritual Intelligence Scale: Development and Preliminary Validation (pdf). Paper presented at the 116th Annual (August 2008) Conference of the American Psychological Association, Boston, MA.