Social Quotient

Curated Reads by the National Library, Singapore

First coined by American psychologist Edward Thorndike in 1920, social intelligence (or quotient) refers to the ability to manage people and to know what to say and how to present oneself in different social situations. People who are socially intelligent are effective listeners, possess savvy conversational skills and understand the importance of valuing the opinions of others. Social intelligence is a skill that can be learnt and developed by observing social cues, practicing active listening and being respectful of cultural differences.

CORE READ

Captivate: The science of succeeding with people

Say goodbye to awkward moments and discover how you can make a memorable impression in any social setting. Learn how to read non-verbal cues, decode micro-expressions and use storytelling to build rapport, make connections and improve your interpersonal intelligence.

All rights reserved, London: Portfolio/Penguin, 2017.

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EXTRAS

13 things socially intelligent leaders do differently

This article highlights the 13 unique traits of socially intelligent leaders, such as responding positively to criticism, valuing compassion over empathy, communicating with precision, viewing problems as opportunities for improvement and placing principles over passion.

Source: Forbes website

Published: 13 March 2018.

The influential mind: What the brain reveals about our power to change others

Hailed as one of 2017’s best books by several publications including Forbes, Huffington Post and Bloomberg, neuroscientist Tali Sharot uses research-based theory to illustrate the techniques that can be used to influence people around us. She argues that appealing to people’s emotions and curiosity is more effective than data when trying to change their beliefs and actions.

All rights reserved, London: Little Brown Book Group, 2017.

5 ways to improve your social skills at work and elsewhere

Improve your social interactions with the five tips recommended in this article such as learning to read body language, projecting a confident image, being an active listener, preparing several good conversation starters and focusing your attention on the people around you.

Source: Huffington Post

Published: 11 May 2016.

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