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The Handbook of Knowledge-Based Coaching: FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE by Diane Brennan, Leni Wildflower

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SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE: KARL ALBRECHT

Social intelligence is a concept built on the theories of Gardner and Goleman. According to Albrecht (2006), social intelligence, simply put, is “the ability to get along well with others and to get them to cooperate with you” (p. xiii). Albrecht’s theory describes the components of externally oriented competencies, differing in this from Goleman’s early work, which focused more on internally oriented competencies. Five dimensions or categories of competence make up Albrecht’s theory of social intelligence (p. 29):

1. Situational awareness: our ability to read situations, to interpret the behaviors of other people in these situations and discern their possible intentions and emotional states, and to interact ...

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