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Virtue of Humanity & Emotional Intelligence

I was updating my Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP) Training slide on Emotional Intelligence and thought of the relationship it has with our humanity.  A few clicks later, I found myself reading a passage on Wikipedia on “the virtue of humanity

The three strengths associated with humanity are love, kindness, and social intelligence. Humanity differs from justice in that there is a level of altruism towards individuals included in humanity more so than the fairness found in justice. That is, humanity, and the acts of love, altruism, and social intelligence are typically person to person strengths while fairness is generally expanded to all.

To me, social intelligence is nothing more than social competencies of emotional intelligence. We need empathy and we need social skills.  I’m left conflicted from the Wikipedia passage where it says humanity and justice differ.  Fairness should be found in both social and individual competencies.  It just doesn’t have to be explicitly stated. 

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About Derek Huether

I'm a Transformation Consultant at LeadingAgile. I have a goal to take the hand waving out of Agile, Kanban, & Scrum. I’m a strange combination of a little OCD, a little ADHD, a lot of grit, and a lot of drive. I come from a traditional PM background but I don't give points for stuff done behind the scenes. The only thing that counts is what you get done and delivered. Author of Zombie Project Management (available on Amazon)

4 Responses to “Virtue of Humanity & Emotional Intelligence”

  1. August 12, 2012 at 12:25 am

    Daniel Goleman, the author of “Emotional Intelligence,” also authored “Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships,” so you might be right. But I think humanity and justice differ, to the degree that justice has to objectively depend on law and precedent, whereas humanity can be entirely situational. Anyway, good post!

    • derekhuether
      August 12, 2012 at 9:54 am

      Thanks for reading my post! This post really made my wheels spin. I remember in school trying to reconcile the difference between natural law theory and social justice theory. I still believe law is biased due to our humanity.

      • August 12, 2012 at 10:47 pm

        It is, indeed. Which is why we have appeals courts, executive clemency, and parole.

        • derekhuether
          August 12, 2012 at 11:03 pm


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