Last week’s Thought was; “Empowering Others to Thrive!” and how having empathy is so much more empowering than showing sympathy with others. You can see this and all of my previous blogs HERE.
We all want to have effective conversations that build great relationships and empathy is absolutely key in achieving this.
And this is “Social Intelligence”, which is a step on from Emotional Intelligence.
While emotional intelligence focuses on understanding and managing one’s own emotions and those of others, social intelligence expands on this by incorporating a deeper understanding of social dynamics, social cues, and the ability to navigate complex social situations effectively.
Social intelligence involves perceiving and interpreting social cues accurately, adapting our behaviour to different social contexts, and building and maintaining successful relationships. It encompasses all of the things we have been talking about over the past weeks; empathy, active listening, collaboration, conflict resolution, and influencing others positively.
Social intelligence goes beyond individual emotional awareness to include a broader understanding of social interactions and the ability to navigate them skilfully.
In doing so, we develop our verbal and non-verbal fluency; the use of verbal conversation and body language are the primary forms of social intelligence and these help other people understand our intentions.
There are also these ‘social rules’ aren’t there around the basic understanding of interactions in a group based on perceived social status. And that’s another topic in itself!
When I develop Coaching and Training Programmes, I incorporate Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence, Cultural Intelligence, Global Intelligence and Cosmopolitanism and will no doubt be writing thoughts around these too going forward!
Now, here’s some food for thought …
“Self-absorption in all its forms kills empathy, let alone compassion. When we focus on ourselves, our world contracts as our problems and preoccupations loom large.
But when we focus on others, our world expands.
Our own problems drift to the periphery of the mind and so seem smaller, and we increase our capacity for connection – or compassionate action.”
[Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships]
I’m signing off for now and will be in touch again soon with more thoughts and tips!
With best wishes for your success,