Social Intelligence, By Karl Albrecht Essay

1095 Words Feb 1st, 2016 5 Pages
The book, Social Intelligence, by Karl Albrecht is extremely interesting. I have always been aware of social intelligence, but I had no idea there was a name for it, other than social aptitude or social skills. I was intrigued that someone had written about it at such depth and developed a whole field of study surrounding it. I found that I could relate to this book on a number of levels, and found myself thinking about many different social experiences over the years. I gained a great deal of knowledge and understanding after reading this book.
Albrecht explains that social Intelligence, or SI, is as important as a person’s IQ, a measurement of cognitive ability or abstract intelligence. A person can be extremely “smart” but still lack the necessary ability to communicate well and relate to people in a way that will be socially acceptable. SI can affect the success, acceptance and perception of even a brilliant mind. A simple description of Si is: “The ability to get along with others and to get them to cooperate with you.” (Albrecht, Social Intelligence, 2006)
Si consists of five elements or skills. Albrecht created the acronym, S.P.A.C.E., to help identify them. The first is situational awareness (S). The ability to recognize and interpret what is happening, how people are behaving, the intent of the group and the emotional atmosphere in any social situation. The second is Presence (P). This refers to how a person is perceived as they enter a social…

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