In a world increasingly driven by connectivity and relationships, social intelligence has emerged as a crucial skill for personal and professional success.
I first heard about social intelligence from Daniel Goleman's book "Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships" and wanted to write a piece that covers what social intelligence is, why it matters in both life and business and also share the key insights into developing and honing this invaluable skill, especially in the corporate world.
What is Social Intelligence?
Social intelligence can be defined as the ability to understand and navigate social situations effectively. It goes beyond traditional intelligence metrics and encompasses a range of skills such as empathy, active listening, communication, and interpersonal relations. It involves being aware of one's own emotions and the emotions of others, as well as adapting one's behaviour to different social contexts.