Intrapersonal competencies and service leadership

Daniel T.L. SHEK*, Li LIN

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Intrapersonal competencies form the foundation of one's development, and they are fundamental qualities of leadership competences. Four types of intelligence are highlighted in the literature of positive psychology: intelligence quotient (IQ), emotional intelligence quotient (EQ), adversity quotient (AQ) and spiritual intelligence quotient (SQ). It is argued that these competences are important in a service leader. Through this lecture, it is expected that students will understand the basic concepts and the importance of different intrapersonal competencies (IQ, EQ, AQ and SQ). We also discuss the relationship between these intrapersonal competencies and effective service leadership. Finally, ways to promote different intrapersonal competencies are depicted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-263
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal on Disability and Human Development
Issue number3
Early online date27 Aug 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

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© 2015 by De Gruyter.


  • adversity
  • emotional intelligence
  • intelligence
  • resilience
  • spirituality


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