Contributing to the Greater Good – Social Responsibility & the Coronavirus

The ninth element of emotional intelligence is social responsibility. A lot of people when first getting acquainted with EQi 2.0 model think that social responsibility means doing good related to taking care of the environment, but this isn’t the case. Social responsibility is defined by the EQi 2.0 as “your ability and tendency to cooperate and contribute to the welfare of a larger social system, to have and act in accordance with a social consciousness and to show concern for the group of the greater community.” Social responsibility is rooted in caregiving & support, sacrifice, and cooperation.

               Everything going on with the coronavirus requires us to utilize social responsibility. By staying inside, wearing masks, and keeping 6 feet away from other people, we are doing things that contribute to the welfare of the greater good. For some people, this may be really easy and for others, it may be really difficult. Our ability to do these things probably comes down to how we view the importance of social responsibility and our experience in flexing this “muscle.”

               With that being said, I wanted to share three ways we can work on social responsibility during coronavirus:

  1. Initiate a conversation with your team about what the group wants as new norms or collective goals.
  2. Find one group or local business and commit to helping them however you can through this pandemic.
  3. Give in or give up in an argument if you are the one person from preventing the group from having harmony.
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