Social skills involve the ability to behave with others in a manner that produces positive outcomes. Social skills (also called social intelligence) will often have a greater impact on quality of life than academic intelligence.
Leadership skills are grounded in well-developed social skills. Factors contributing to social skills:
- Ability to read emotion
- Ability to feel empathy
- These automatic or intuitive functions may not be working in children and adults with Autism & nonverbal learning disabilities.
- Active Listening
- Ability to be assertive without being aggressive
- Constructive criticism
- Motivating others
- Temperament, parenting skills & factors such as anxiety or depression may slow or prevent their practice or acquisition
- Not being impulsive enough to become intrusive, aggressive or annoying, yet being spontaneous and genuine.
- Many neuorbehavioral conditions affect self-regulation. In children, the most common is ADHD.