Educators Role as Spiritually Intelligent Leaders in Educational Institutions


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Ker Dincer M.

International Journal of Human Sciences , cilt.1, ss.1-22, 2007 (Diğer Kurumların Hakemli Dergileri)

  • Cilt numarası: 1 Konu: 4
  • Basım Tarihi: 2007
  • Dergi Adı: International Journal of Human Sciences
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.1-22

Özet

In today’s highly competitive world many subjects th
at are contrary to each other are continuously
spoken   over   as   if   they   are   in   competition   su
ch   as;   wealth-poverty,   peace-war,   love-hate,  
materialism-spiritualism...etc. This
list is endless but one, especially one term plays a single leading
role,  and  that  is  spiritualism.  Si
nce  many  people  have  lost  or 
gave  up  their  unique  personal 
characteristics in favor to gain su
ccess, power or contro
l in uniformed individualistic cultures, many
on the other hand are trying hard
to achieve self full filling, happ
y lives. The hard working ones are
trying  to  obtain  inner  peace  by  focusing  on  their 
spiritual  intelligences  and  trying  to  find  ways  to 
improve them.
In today’s highly competitive world many subjects th
at are contrary to each other are continuously
spoken   over   as   if   they   are   in   competition   su
ch   as;   wealth-poverty,   peace-war,   love-hate,  
materialism-spiritualism...etc. This
list is endless but one, especially one term plays a single leading
role,  and  that  is  spiritualism.  Si
nce  many  people  have  lost  or 
gave  up  their  unique  personal 
characteristics in favor to gain su
ccess, power or contro
l in uniformed individualistic cultures, many
on the other hand are trying hard
to achieve self full filling, happ
y lives. The hard working ones are
trying  to  obtain  inner  peace  by  focusing  on  their 
spiritual  intelligences  and  trying  to  find  ways  to 
improve them.

n today’s highly competitive world many subjects that are contrary to each other are continuously spoken over as if they are in competition such as; wealth-poverty, peace-war, love-hate, materialism-spiritualism…etc. This list is endless but one, especially one term plays a single leading role, and that is spiritualism. Since many people have lost or gave up their unique personal characteristics in favor to gain success, power or control in uniformed individualistic cultures, many on the other hand are trying hard to achieve self full filling, happy lives. The hard working ones are trying to obtain inner peace by focusing on their spiritual intelligences and trying to find ways to improve them.Spiritual intelligence (SQ) means much more than spirituality. Spiritual intelligence is a way of thinking. It is what we use to cover our longing and capacity for meaning, vision and value. Also it establishes a dialogue between reason and emotion, between mind and body. SQ allows the integration between intrapersonal and interpersonal in order to surpass the gap between self and other. And all these aspects in a broader sense cover the need to understand and know the others’ “hearts.”Spiritually intelligent people can be seen performing different jobs, but especially spiritually intelligent educators are the most valued and preferred ones since the future of the world is shaping in their hands. Educators who want to gain a broader perspective on this issue can take a journey into their inner-selves by the help of integrating the skills of emotional intelligence with specific spiritual qualities. After gaining enough insight to the topic, educators then, they themselves can be the illuminators of tolerance, unity, understanding, love and peace. Since sharing knowledge is seen as the main purpose of educators, teaching how to be “happy in life” is also a job to be performed by educators. From this perspective in this paper the main aim is to discuss SQ, the ways to improve SQ levels of educators and its positive results on educator-student relationship, and its reflections in the educational environment.