Social Intelligence

Social Intelligence


Albrecht, Karl Jossey-Bass, 2006 Audio summary available
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Having pondered why some people with very high IQ scores fail miserably in their personal lives, Harvard professor Howard Gardner, concluded that the concept of “intelligence,” as a singular measure of competence, could no longer be supported. Thus, he posited the notion in Frames of Mind (1983) of multiple intelligence (MI)—a range of key competencies, which exist in various proportions in various individuals. Daniel Goleman’s landmark, Emotional Intelligence (1995), popularized this notion and launched widespread interest in the developmental possibilities for the MI model.

Now, in Social Intelligence, Albrecht explores social intelligence (SI), a dimension of MI, which he defines as the ability to get along well with others and a set of practical skills (situational awareness, presence, authenticity, clarity, and empathy) for interacting successfully in any setting. His integration of these key dimensions creates a comprehensive model—S.P.A.C.E.—for describing, assessing, and developing SI at a personal level, as well as a set of practical guidelines for using this formula as an effective diagnostic and developmental tool for professional and personal success.