Awareness Of Others

Awareness of Others is key to the developing and longevity in relationships. Emotional intelligence is rooted in social intelligence with many of our emotions are triggered during the interaction with others. Awareness of others is the place where social awareness and behavior intersect.

Social awareness is the ability to understand and respond
to the needs of others. As a measure of emotional
intelligence the competency of being aware of others
is characterized by empathetic behavior.

Feelings of empathy become acts of compassion when
we decide to engage in helping another person.

The effects of Low and High levels of Awareness of Others

Low Level
  • Inhibits Contribution
  • Us vs. Them
  • Cannot Relate
  • Partial
Outcomes of Low Level EI
  • Apathetic
  • Oblivious
  • Closed
  • Uninviting
  • Socially Inept
High Level
  • Adaptive
  • Accepting
  • Assimilates
  • Inclusive
Outcomes of High Level EI
  • Empathetic
  • Conscious
  • Open
  • Receptive/Affective
  • Competent


Empathy is being aware of, sensitive to, and understanding, the feelings, thoughts, and experiences of another person. Get it wrong and you’ll be seen as uncaring and insensitive. Getting it right and trust can be an outcome; one that is essential to the development of a relationship.

Within the 6 factors of emotional intelligence, awareness of others extends the individual’s values and competencies as they relate to:

  • Empathy: ability to take the perspective of and feel the emotions of another person and understanding that person’s emotions, needs, and concerns
  • Compassion: acting upon your feelings (empathy) toward another person
  • Organizational Awareness: the ability to understand the politics within an organization and how they affect the climate of a workplace
  • Service: the ability to understand and meet the needs of employees, clients, and other stakeholders