Blog Post #19


Interpersonal Intelligence 

Interpersonal intelligence is the ability to communicate verbally and non verbally. More importantly, those with interpersonal intelligence can understand the non verbal communication of others. If you cannot properly communicate you can not lead effectively. This is why we do not have many CEOs or public figures that can only speak sign language.  

The military requires a high measure of interpersonal intelligence. The higher echelons of the military get more political and who you know matters a lot. Jobs, command positions, and duty stations can all be attained through networking. You have to be 

I got out of a bad unit in order to further my career by reaching out to some of my contacts. I was informed it could take up to five months to transfer me. I made one call to a friend whose father was a high ranking official. Three days later my paperwork cleared and I was transferred. This was because I created strong bonds with key individuals during training.   

The civilian workforce is no different. According to NPR, 70-80 percent of jobs are attained through networking. If you wish to advance career wise and you have to be personable. The same skill is required to secure the respect and trust of your employee. 

Interpersonal Intelligence is acquired through practice. You have to engage with your fellow man and attend social events. I encourage you to try to understand and relate to others as much as possible. Doing this will improve your overall leadership capabilities.   

What do you think? Do you agree or disagree? Has your interpersonal intelligence ever saved you from disaster? Have you ever encounter someone without interpersonal intelligence? please comment and be respectful. If you have any friends or family that may be interested in this content, please refer them to this site. 

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