The Triad of Humanity
In positive psychology the character strengths associated with the virtue of humanity are love, kindness, and social intelligence. Qualities like empathy, compassion, and generosity can also be classified with kindness, and emotional intelligence is also associated with social intelligence.
Emotional and Social Intelligence are Vital to Success and Happiness
Emotional intelligence has to do with our ability to be aware of our emotions, and process and handle them with maturity. The field of emotional intelligence also relates to our ability to recognize the emotions in others and express empathy,
Research has shown that people with social and emotional intelligence tend to do better in leadership skills, career, and have better mental health.
The following is a brief excerpt from my book: 7 Virtues for Success and Happiness.
Success in many kinds of endeavors is dependent on our social skills and ability to navigate the social world. Our communication skills, empathy, ability to connect with and influence other people, are all major determining factors in achieving success. When we are effective communicators, demonstrate empathy, and possess the essential leadership qualities, people will come to trust and respect us. This can then lead to many opportunities in career advancement and business. With social intelligence one has the capacity to understand and relate to others, and when people are fond of us, we are much more likely to gain their business or get job related promotions. Having social intelligence is extremely useful for sales, teamwork, human resources, customer service, management, negotiations and leadership. All levels of job related activities require having good social skills, and as we progress in career development greater social intelligence is required.
Research carried out by the Carnegie Institute of Technology shows that 85 percent of your financial success is due to skills in “human engineering,” your personality and ability to communicate, negotiate, and lead. Shockingly, only 15 percent is due to technical knowledge. - Keld Jensen