Social Competence In Leadership

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Social competence states a broad range of useful abilities and skills, which allow individuals to perform social roles effectively and efficiently. Similarly, based on the research, White claims that social competency is an organism’s capability to interact effectively with its environment (Rose-Krasnor, 1997). Nowadays, with the social interaction increasing in the modern society, it is crucial for individuals to develop the social competence. This is also illustrated by the research of Taborsky and Oliveira (2012) that with the outstanding social competence, one will tend to obtain significant benefits from social interaction. Having considered the definition and importance of social competence, this essay will elaborate the social competence from five attributes: self expressiveness, social awareness, self-management, social adjustment and self-centeredness. The first four attributes can be regarded as three steps to maintain and improve social competence: interaction with others, self-management and social adjustment. Self expressiveness and social awareness are two dimensions of the first step, which include both presenting inside and understanding outside. The last attribute is one of the difficulties of developing social competence. The relation among these concepts and the impact on leadership will also be examined in the following part.

To begin with, according to the understanding of Riggio and Reichard (2008), self expressiveness, which can be shown in some
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