Social intelligence is a term designating a specific concept of intelligence. British psychologist Philip Ewart Vernon has followed Thorndike’s model of intelligence in 1933. Vernon expanded the concept of social intelligence as follows:
“Social intelligence is person’s ability to get along with people in general, social technique or ease in society, knowledge of social matters, susceptibility to stimuli from other members of a group, as well as insight into the temporary moods or underlying personality traits of strangers.” (Vernon, 1933, p. 44)
Practical use of the concept of Vernon’s social intelligence: In human resources management it is used in the job creation and staffing - in job analysis. Social intelligence is fundamental to the individual’s ability to work in a team or other group of people and thus one’s work results.