ARE YOU SELF SMART? Help with your interpersonal awareness.

“The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.” Teddy Roosevelt. This Roosevelt was best known more for his social responsibility. He busted monopolies, preserved land for National Parks and worked for employee rights. Teddy had great empathy for the common man and had disdain for the treatment of the average American at the turn of the twentieth century. He was a model for his use of his interpersonal skills.

Interpersonal Awareness: three elements of Emotional Intellignce (EQ)

  1. Social Responsibility
  2. Empathy
  3. Interpersonal Relationship

This EQ composite is defined as follows:

“Healthy engagement with these components tends to reflect someone responsible, sensitive and dependable, with good social skills. Active exercising of these interpersonal components leads you to understand, interact, and relate well with others. Leaders with this skill generally succeed in positions that require social interaction and teamwork.” *

One’s ability to relate to others and do things that benefit society at large all address this composite. They want to know you. They take time to listen and there is a certain warmth and humilty about them that may be hard to describe. Hurried people dash about as if to imply their work is more important than their relationships. Modern psychology calls this “Hurry Sickness.” For more on this click here.

The organizationally savvy person knows when to do both. Do you have enough self awareness to know the best action at the best time? Do you know how you stack up with the rest of the population?

There are many 360 feedback tools. I use the MHS EQ-i 2.0 which is specific to emotional intelligence – a key driver of workplace success. For more on this click here.


*EQ Workbook, Hile Rutledge

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