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SYNOPSIS: Insights 70 Days Ethics Plan – Day – 25


Insights 70 Days Ethics Plan 

Day – 25



a) Self-Awareness

  • The ability to recognize and understand personal moods and emotions and drives, as well as their effect on others.
  • Hallmarks of self-awareness include self-confidence, realistic self-assessment, and a self-deprecating sense of humour.
  • Emotional awareness: This deals with knowledge of one’s emotions and their effects. People having this competency are more aware of their feelings and performance.
  • Accurate self-assessment: This involves being aware of one’s strengths and weaknesses. One is open to feedbacks, new viewpoints, etc.
  • Self-confidence: This relates to complete affirmation of one’s worth and abilities. They are usually more confident and are able to make sound decisions despite any uncertainties or pressures

b) Self-Management

Self-management refers to a combination of behaviors that focus on how people manage themselves in their work and their life. For example, Daniel Goleman and his co-authors define self-management through these six traits: self-control, transparency, adaptability, achievement, initiative, and optimism.

c) Social Awareness

Social awareness is the ability to comprehend and appropriately react to both broad problems of society and interpersonal struggles. This means that being socially aware relates to being aware of your environment, what’s around you, as well as being able to accurately interpret the emotions of people with whom you interact.

Example of great social awareness:-

Ted wanted to share a funny cat video with his roommate. Upon walking into the roommate’s room, Ted noticed that his roommate had been crying. Instead of showing him the video, Ted asked if his roommate was okay and proceeded to listen as his roommate shared a sad story.

d) Social Skills

Proficiency in managing relationships and building networks, and an ability to find common ground and build rapport. Hallmarks of social skills include effectiveness in leading change, persuasiveness, and expertise building and leading teams.


2.“As more and more artificial intelligence is entering into the world, more and more emotional intelligence must enter into leadership.” Comment. (150 Words)


The booming growth of machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), like most transformational technologies, is both exciting and scary. It’s exciting to consider all the ways our lives may improve, from managing our calendars to making  medical diagnoses, but it’s scary to consider the social and personal implications  and particularly the implications for our careers. As machine learning continues to grow, we all need to develop new skills in order to differentiate ourselves. 

A smart machine might be able to diagnose an illness and even recommend treatment better than a doctor.  It takes a person, however, to sit with a patient, understand their life situation (finances, family, quality of life, etc.), and help determine what treatment plan is optimal.

Similarly, a smart machine may be able to diagnose complex business problems and recommend actions to improve an organization.  

As we enter an age when AI robots are helping us at home, in our cars, on our phones, and in customer service, it’s increasingly important to focus on building AI with emotional intelligence so it can truly help us in the way we need it to. After all, a personal robot assistant who only understands what we say will never notice if we’re tired, cold, hungry, or lonely  unless we state those things out loud.

AI will also lead to a greater emphasis on the “soft” elements of leadership the personality traits, attitudes, and behaviors that allow individuals to help others achieve a common goal or shared purpose.

Those that want to stay relevant in their professions will need to focus on skills and capabilities that artificial intelligence has trouble replicating understanding, motivating, and interacting with human beings. 

A human being, however, is still best suited to jobs like spurring the leadership team to action, avoiding political hot buttons, and identifying savvy individuals to lead change.

It’s these human capabilities that will become more and more prized over the next decade.  Skills like persuasion, social understanding, and empathy are going to become differentiators as artificial intelligence and machine learning take over our other tasks.  

Leadership is contextual and this is why AI has a long way to go. For the same reasons that leadership development is a challenge in organisations today  and that there is no secret sauce which you can replicate across organisations .So AI will struggle with the contextual nature of leadership.

As can be seen by the success of AI at beating humans in games like Go or Texas Hold’Em, AI today is used to analyse discrete points of data (not soft skills).  Taking the next step of understanding human behaviour and replicating human decision-making is a whole new frontier more suited for AI to assist human leaders rather than to replace them.

  1. Your son is made school captain. He is excellent in both academics and extracurricular activities. After becoming captain, few classmates have started bullying him. Though he is strong, persistent bullying by few of his classmates has affected his confidence. He has become less assertive and also less attentive. He shares his experiences in his school with you almost every day. He tells you that he doesn’t want to be school captain and wants to change his school.

a) What advice/suggestions/options would you give to your son? Evaluate their merits and demerits.



Having child bullied at school is one of the greatest fears of parents and research shows this fear is well founded. School bullying has been described as the single most important threat to the mental health of children and adolescents.

Well-controlled studies show that being bullied in primary school increases the risk of serious mental health problems into adolescence and ongoing depression leading well into adulthood.

The following options are available to the parents :-

  1. They inform the school authorities especially class teachers. This would involve approaching the child’s teacher if the issue is with another child in the class, or perhaps the school management if the issue is broader.School authorities often recommend parents leave the school to handle it. This is fine if the school is successful in stopping the bullying. However, this is not always the case. Most school programs to address bullying make only modest improvements, leaving some children to continue to be bullied.

2.Telling the parents of the children who are bullying. This can lead to uncertain legal ground if parents reprimand other children and to ugly arguments between parents. Generally it is a risky move to approach parents of another child at school bullying your child, if you don’t already have a good relationship with them. This approach is unlikely to improve things and may result in heated conflict. This may worsen the relationship between the children, making it more difficult for the school to resolve the issue.

3.Parents can coach children in social skills and they can actively support their children’s friendships. Parents see children every day so are in an ideal position to help children find ways to deal with peer problems. Parents can improve children’s social skills, which can help children become better accepted by peers, and support children’s friendships by organising play-dates and other activities that help children develop close friendships with children at school.

Having good friends at school helps protect children against bullying. Parents can practice scenarios at home where the child learns how to ignore a bully and/or develop assertive strategies for coping with bullying. This is the approach I would follow first as it is my responsibility to make my Son self confident and tackle tough situations effectively.

  1. Going to higher education authorities and reporting cases of physical assault or cyber-bullying to police. This is the last step to be taken if nothing works out.