Series on Social Intelligence

Social Intelligence is the ability to get along well with others, and to get them to cooperate with you. Sometimes referred to simplistically as “people skills,” It includes an awareness of situations and the social dynamics that govern them, and a knowledge of interaction styles and strategies.


One of the offshoots of social intelligence is tactfulness, which means being able to say the right thing at the right time. For example, Steve Jobs, the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc. His colleagues described him as a talented person who is captivating and can be a remarkable motivator. An example of inspiration is when Jobs lured Sculley from Pepsi by asking him if he wanted a chance to change the world or to spend the rest of his life selling sugared water.