Have you ever worked for one of those people who seem to have a natural inner glow that somehow seems to attract other people? Wasn't it nice to work with such a person?
Such a person has a way of keeping everyone well motivated and happy to work. As a result, the desired outcome is achieved faster and the quality of the finished products or the delivered services is higher.
Would you not like to be this person?
To put things into perspective, let's compare the above scenario with working with a controlling and ever demanding boss. You'll find that most of the time, you hate yourself every morning when you have to leave for work. When at work, you will not be sure about yourself in most of the tasks because you are not sure if your results will be perfect enough for the boss.
The difference between these two scenarios is different levels of interpersonal intelligence and that is what we will discuss today. However, before we go into details of what interpersonal intelligence is and how it can help your career, let's take a step back and look at the multiple intelligence theory.
THE MULTIPLE INTELLIGENCE THEORY
This is a theory by a Harvard psychologist that was originally developed in 1983. It has so far been revised to cover more elements. The theory states that there are at least eight different ways that human beings understand the world. These different ways are the intelligences that Gardner talks about in his multiple intelligence theory.
Gardner focused on a number of these intelligences, but his list is still not exhaustive. Here are the main intelligences in the theory:
- Spatial Intelligence: This is about an individual's ability to conceive and manipulate different sizes of spatial arrays. Let's take a look at an example. A pilot on his day ...read more