Social Intelligence and Employment Success

689 Words May 21st, 2013 3 Pages
SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE AND EMPLOYMENT SUCCESS
The crux of employment success is social intelligence. For years, individuals have been judged by various aptitude tests (i.e. I.Q. test, SAT, LSAT, GRE, MCAT, GMAT). However, individually, those tests are not the best indicators of who will be successful. Recent studies show that success is largely attributed to social intelligence. Social intelligence is equivalent to interpersonal intelligence and involves perceptiveness, situational savvy, and interactional skill. Social intelligence is understanding and acting in accordance with social situations and environments to obtain cooperation, objectives, and achieve results.
In employment fields like law and business, social intelligence is one of
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Being self-centered or preoccupied with ones own feelings, needs, and interests and not open to those of others, will hamper situational awareness.
Presence incorporates a range of verbal and nonverbal patterns, such as physical appearance, body language, mood, demeanor, voice quality, and subtle movements. It involves the way those factors/signals affect people’s evaluative impressions or opinions of us. Presence requires that we pay special attention to the manner and way in which we communicate, as it is also the way we convey our sense of self.
Authenticity, Clarity, Empathy
Authenticity regards the social radars of others, and what signals they identify in judging you as being honest, open, ethical, trustworthy, and well-intentioned. Authenticity is fundamental to developing rapport and people’s perspective of you. It requires that you constantly assess your actions, and whether people will interpret you as being “authentic.”
Clarity is the ability to explain oneself, illuminate ideas, articulate views, proposed courses of action, and pass data clearly and accurately. Clarity is fundamental to effective communication and cooperation. It requires being an active and attentive listener so one can adequately and effectively respond to an individual or group.
Empathy, in the context of social intelligence, goes beyond its plain definition. It entails having the ability to
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