Chapter 11

Social Responsibility

“If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.”

—JOHN F. KENNEDY, 1961

DEFINITION:

Social responsibility comprises the desire and ability to willingly contribute to society, your social group, and generally to the welfare of others. This component of emotional intelligence involves acting in a responsible manner, even though you might not benefit personally, doing things for and with others, accepting others, acting in accordance with your conscience, and upholding social rules.1

Socially responsible people have social consciousness and a basic concern for others, which is manifested by being able to take on community-oriented responsibilities. They possess interpersonal ...

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