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Being “People Smart” Can Make Or Break Your Team

In 1983 Howard Gardner wrote the revolutionary book “Frames of Mind – The Theory of Multiple Intelligences” in which he describes seven different forms of intelligence everyone possesses in varying degrees: linguistic, musical, logical-mathematical, spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, intrapersonal, and interpersonal. Interpersonal intelligence is what makes or breaks most leaders today.

According to Gardner, “Interpersonal knowledge permits a skilled adult to read the intentions and desires – even when these have been hidden – of other individuals and act upon this knowledge.” For example, leaders are often faced with trying to get their direct reports with individual aspirations and agendas to work together for the good of a team. Fortunately, today there are many tools available to help determine interpersonal intelligence and improve it.

Improving interpersonal intelligence will make for better leaders, co-workers, and influencers. As Gardner says, “Interpersonal intelligence is seen in how we notice distinction among others; in particular, contrasts in their moods, temperaments, motivations and intentions.”

Be empowered for greater success through making interpersonal intelligence improvement a personal development objective.


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