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Integrated Spiritual Intelligence Assessments
Research shows that Spiritual Intelligence (SI) is significant in explaining and contributing to wellbeing and satisfaction with life, work performance, as well as leadership. SI is real, measurable, and positively impactful. It contributes to individual happiness, meaning, and leadership effectiveness. (See References at bottom of page).
WHAT IS SPIRITUAL INTELLIGENCE?
Following the establishment of the theory of multiple intelligences in the world of business and academia, there has been much talk of the contribution of Emotional Intelligence (EI) to individual well-being and leadership. SI is an analogous, related, yet distinctly measurable construct. Much as EI defines a set of abilities that draw on emotional resources, SI involves a set of abilities that draw on spiritual resources, qualities, and values to enhance daily functioning and wellbeing. EI is usually defined as the ability to be aware of and regulate one’s own and others’ emotions. We define Spiritual Intelligence (SI) as the ability to actualize, apply, and embody spiritual resources, values, and qualities to enhance daily functioning and well-being. In our research, and that conducted by others, SI has been shown to be significant in explaining and contributing to individual well-being, satisfaction with life, work performance, as well as leadership. In summary, SI is real, measurable, and positively impactful.
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, higher-self, mindfulness, intuition, and equanimity. We can refer to these capacities and qualities as virtues.
DISCOVER AND DEVELOP YOUR SPIRITUAL INTELLIGENCE
It may sound strange to measure and 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 have developed the first academically validated and reliable instrument for measuring SI that since then has been used and applied by others in dozens of research studies and translated into dozens of languages.
Our self- and 360-assessment tools are designed to assess and support your growth and development. We provide a personalized report of your key strengths, other assets, and developmental opportunities along the five SI domains and 22 SI capacities. Along with each competency area, we provide some tips on how to apply that competency in your life and how to further develop it.
– 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 five 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 five domains of SI.
– Integrated Spiritual Intelligence Report (ISIR-360) ISIR-360 report. Get your Comprehensive SI Profile, 360 Feedback and Developmental Tips Profile. Self-assessment takes about 20 minutes while peer feedback about 10 to 15. This report includes a self-assessment as well as peer/friend/family feedback across the 22 SI competencies identified in our research. Usually this 360 report sheds light on qualities and possibilities that you are not aware of. Simply provide the email addresses of those you would like to participate, and we will invite them (and send them occasional reminders) to provide their anonymous feedback, which takes about 10–15 minutes for them to complete. Your ISIR 360 Report will then compare your self-assessment side-by-side with the 360-feedback, presenting your self-perceived SI competency as well as your competency as perceived by others. You will discover how similar your own perception is to those of others around you.. Most people discover some pleasant surprises in terms of hidden strengths that they can leverage more effectively, and perhaps some yellow flags or potential blind spots to watch out for.
Though not required, we also usually recommend, and most people purchase, an hour or an hour-and-a-half of personalized coaching from one of our Intelligensi certified coaches. Such coaching support may be invaluable in helping you to interpret your results and apply as you develop and grow more Spiritual Intelligence. Click here to begin.
“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
The first published mentions of the term Spiritual Intelligence were by Emmons, and Zohar and Marshall. Yosi Amram set out in his doctoral research to further define, operationalize, and measure it. In his PhD. Research, he interviewed 71 peer-nominated spiritual teachers across of the world’s major spiritual traditions. From these interviews, Yosi developed a grounded, ecumenical theory and detailed framework for Spiritual Intelligence. Seven major themes of Spiritual Intelligence emerged as nearly universal from those interviewed. They are:
– Meaning: experiencing significance in daily activities through a sense of purpose and a call for service, even in the face of pain and suffering;
– Grace: living in alignment with the sacred, manifesting love for and trust in life;
– Truth: living in open acceptance, curiosity, and love for all creation (all that is);
– Consciousness: developed and refined self-awareness and self-knowledge;
– Transcendence: moving beyond the separate egoic self into an interconnected wholeness;
– Serenity: peaceful surrender to Self (Reality, Truth, God, etc.);
– Inner-Directedness: inner freedom aligned with responsible and wise action.
These seven 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. 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.
Further research, in collaboration with Dr. Christopher Dryer, produced an academically validated, ecumenical measure of Spiritual Intelligence: the Integrated Spiritual Intelligence Scale. In follow-up research, this scale has been shown to be predictive of functioning and well-being in a variety of domains and contexts, and was translated into over a dozen other languages and referenced by over one hundred other researchers.
This Integrated Spiritual Intelligence scale contains 83 self-report items, clustering into 22 Spiritual Intelligence sub-scale capabilities and grouped into five overall domains, showing significant overlap with the seven SI themes identified in the previous qualitative research. The five domains and the subscales are as diagrammed and defined below:
1. Meaning: experiencing significance and meaning in daily activities through a sense of purpose and a call for service, even in the face of pain and suffering.
• Purpose: the capacity to sense and experience a reason for the significance of life and existence.
• Service: the capacity to hear and respond to the call of helping others and to live in devotion to the benefit of the greater whole.
2. Grace: Living in alignment with the sacred, manifesting trust in and love for life that is based on gratitude, beauty, and joy.
• Joy: the capacity to enjoy and feel satisfaction and contentment in life.
• Gratitude: the heart’s capacity for thankful appreciation for all that we are given.
• Beauty: the capacity to notice, appreciate, and enjoy the beauty that is within and around us.
• Immanence: the capacity for embodiment and experiencing the beauty and mystery of creation, nature, and life in the midst of our daily doing and being.
• Freedom: the capacity to live autonomously and authentically, and think creatively outside the box, rather than simply following popular convention in our beliefs, actions, and speech.
• Discernment: the ability to judge, perceive, have insight, and live in alignment and integrity with one’s truth and values.
3. Truth: the ability to be present to, love, and peacefully surrender to truth, manifesting open receptivity, presence, humility, and trust in ways that enhance daily functioning and well-being.
• Inner-Wholeness: the capacity to accept and integrate all parts of ourselves, including our wounded parts, into a coherent whole, and to be comfortable in our own skin.
• Equanimity: the capacity to remain centered in peace, maintaining mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, even when things are chaotic or upsetting within or outside of us.
• Trust: the capacity to remain steady in confidence, faith, and optimism that things will work out for the best, or at least be okay.
• Egolessness: the capacity to live humbly, in alignment and in surrender to that which is greater than the small, skin-encapsulated ego self, regardless of the name we might give it, be it Spirit, Truth, Emptiness, Being, Self, God, Nature, the Universe, or the Tao.
• Openness: the capacity to remain receptive to and embrace the experience and the flow of life rather than resisting it.
• Presence: the capacity to remain present, grounded, conscious, and aware of what is happening in the here and now, remaining concentrated and focused on the issue and task at hand, rather than letting the mind wander off.
4. Consciousness: Developing refined awareness and self-knowledge, featuring mindfulness, intuition, and synthesis.
• Mindfulness: the capacity to be self-aware of your thoughts and feelings, as well as continually expanding consciousness to include the shadow and hidden aspects of your psyche, and to be able to empathize with others.
• Intuition: the ability to tap into your gut sense, instinctive feeling, and modes of knowing beyond conscious and linear thinking to make decisions.
• Synthesis: the ability to synthesize conflicting, contradictory, or paradoxical viewpoints into an integrated perspective.
5. Transcendence: aligning with the sacred and transcending (including and going beyond) the egoic-self , with a sense of relatedness and holism in ways that enhance functioning and well-being.
• Holism: the capacity for inner and outer wholeness – integrating various parts of ourselves and seeing and experiencing their interrelatedness and oneness.
• Relatedness: the ability to experience ourselves as not separate but rather as belonging and connected to a larger human community and the greater web of life as a whole.
• Higher-Self: the capacity to connect and receive guidance from a wise or higher self, higher or enlightened beings, or Spirit.
• Sacredness: the capacity to experience, align, and live in harmony with a universal life force, or the divine, as immanent in our daily life and present in our world.
• Practice: the ability to develop and apply our spiritual muscles through conscious exercise routines, such as meditation, prayer, inquiry, set times for contemplation and inner quiet, or other practices designed to help with our inner development and spiritual growth.
““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
Explore our Integrated Spiritual Intelligence Assessments:
(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. Available at Intelligensi.com/spiritual_intelligence/. (Quotations marks for articles rather than underlining)
(2) Amram, Yosi (2007). “What is Spiritual Intelligences? An Ecumenical, Grounded Theory” (PDF). Working paper of the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (Sophia University), Palo Alto, CA. Available at Intelligensi.com/spiritual_intelligence/.
(3) Amram, Yosi (2009). The Contribution of Emotional and Spiritual Intelligences to Effective Business Leadership.(The title should be in italics,) (pdf) Doctoral dissertation, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (Sophia University), Palo Alto, CA. Available at Intelligensi.com/inspirational_leadership/.
(4) Amram, Y. & Dryer, C. (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. Available at Intelligensi.com/spiritual_intelligence/.
(5) Anbugeetha, D. (2015). “An analysis of the spiritual Intelligence self report inventory” (SISRI). International Journal of Management, 6(7), 25-36.
(6) Birchett-Street, Pamela (2018). The Experience of Spiritual Intelligence in Leaders of Complementary and Integrative Medicine Organization. Doctoral dissertation, Saybrook University, Oakland, CA.
(7) Emmons, Robert (1999). The Psychology of Ultimate Concerns: Motivation and Spirituality in Personality. If this is a book title, do you have the publisher for it?
(8) Gardner, Howard (1983). Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences. New York: HarperCollins.
(9) Khodadady, E., Taheryan, A., & Tavakoli, A. (2012) “Validating the Persian Integrated Spiritual Intelligence Scale Within and Islamic Context.” Ilahiyat Studies: Journal on Islamic and Religious Studies, 3(2).
(10) Pant, N. & Srivastava, S. K. (2019). “The Impact of Spiritual Intelligence, Gender and Educational Background on Mental Health Among College Students.” Journal of Religion & Health (58), 87-108.
(11) Soylemez, A., Koc, M., & Soylemez, B. (2016) “Adaptation of the Integrated Spiritual Intelligence Scale into Turkish.” Journal of Family Counseling, and Education, 1(1), 18-24.
(12) Zohar, D., & Marshall, I. (2000). SQ: Connecting with Our Spiritual Intelligence. New York: Bloomsbury.