Intelligence is considered a general unified concept, largely related to cognitive ability.
Moral intelligence is newer and less studied than the more established cognitive, emotional
and social intelligences, but has great potential to improve our understanding of learning
and behavior. Moral intelligence is the ability to differentiate right from wrong as defined
by universal principles. This kind of intelligence is a compass for leaders in our modern
global business environment. It not only sets out strong principles to follow but it gives
practical applications for real situations. Moral intelligence directs our other forms of
intelligence to do something worthwhile. A manager with high in moral intelligence is the
"executive" of organizational intelligence. These managers must establish and encourage
norms, roles, and rules for efficient application to known tasks, but must also be sensitive
and responsive to change by employing sensitivity, problem solving and decision making
strategies that allow for adaptation. The studies show that moral intelligence is highly
associated with leadership effectiveness and the successful leaders will inevitably be
presented with moral and ethical choices. Building moral intelligence is an on-going
initiative, and it is one that will always need to be at the center of what organizations do.