Putting Heart and Soul in Education: Spiritually Intelligent Servant-Leaders in Educational Institutions,

Ker Dincer M. , Öksüz B.

Gaziantep Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi, vol.11, no.4, pp.1009-1022, 2012 (International Refereed University Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 11 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Title of Journal : Gaziantep Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi
  • Page Numbers: pp.1009-1022


Spiritual intelligence (SQ) and servant-leadership understandings are hand-in-glove partners. Like many other fields dealing with people, in education it is educators' duty to cope with different expectations, wishes and duties of their target audiences with virtuous approach of SQ. Therein educators have to enhance their humanistic understanding to create harmonious communication climates in their educational institutions that mainly require and value spiritually intelligent servant-leaders working both in the classroom and on the administrative level. The aim of this paper in the first place is to highlight concepts that are the cardinal values of Turkish daily fabric like spirituality, spiritual intelligence, and servant-leadership. Even though these inseparable values of Turkish culture are well known and can be found in the fabric of daily life, it is hard to find all of them discussed under a common topic related with each other in literature. In the second place, within the limits of the paper the undeniable importance of spiritually intelligent servant-leaders' (SQS-Ls) contributions in educational institutions is explained and the understanding from the educators' perspective is discussed within the limits of literature search.