4 Reasons why social intelligence matters at work

Everyone wants to feel loved and happy at home and at work. The key is healthy relationships. Research suggested that Social Intelligence aka SQ is essential for effective leadership and help teams work better together. SQ is important when work relationships are established.

Social Intelligence (SQ) is closely related and definitely linked to Emotional Intelligence (EQ). In fact, phycologists became aware of our Intellectual ability (IQ) which included things like our logical reasoning and analytic skills as well as our memory to store various types of information.

Then phycologists further develop and researched this concept and discovered EQ which focusses on issues like self-awareness, self-assessment, self-confidence, self-motivation, social awareness etc. Basically, things that emotions influence like self-control, trustworthiness, adaptability, self- drive, commitment and of course social skills, to name but a few. Out of EQ, the knowledge developed about Social Intelligence or otherwise known as SQ.

The Mindspa Institute defines SQ as: “the extension of Emotional Intelligence’s relationship management competency. SQ is thus your ability to manage your own emotional skills needed to correctly read social situations and other people’s emotions and then to react in a manner that is socially acceptable, in order to get others to cooperate and co-exist. Social Intelligence is the essence of human relationships.”

According to Daniel Goleman: “Empathy and social skills are social intelligence, the interpersonal part of emotional intelligence. That’s why they look alike.” So now you know what it means, why is it important that your leaders and workforce are equipped with SQ skills:

Reason 1

The ability to get along with your peers will get you their cooperation. But this is much more than the previous statement. It is the investment you need to make in developing better working relationships so that others want to work with you. If not, no one will work towards the same goal and no one will be able to function successfully in a team.

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