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Emotional Intelligence for IT Professionals by Emília M. Ludovino

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Consequences of lacking social awareness

Many misunderstandings arise when social awareness is lacking. Why? First off, because without social awareness you cannot understand why the others are behaving in a certain way: for instance, gossiping, ignoring you, or trying to manipulate you. You then have fewer options for managing their behavior. We can see below the major consequences of lacking social awareness:

  • You take your colleague's or boss's behavior as a personal attack and feel hurt, when no hurt was intended, and it was nothing to do with you.
  • You cannot read your audience's feelings about you, your ideas or your organization. Therefore, you pitch your presentation at the wrong level, raising hostility and negation in your audience, ...

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