Exercise 1: Think of 3 leaders that you either know personally or have sufficient knowledge of to write down characteristics that make them what they are. One or two words to a short phrase that could fit on a 3 x 3 sticky note. Write down as many as you can think of for each leader in one minute.
They should fit into one of the following categories: 1. People skills (once thought of as “soft” skills, which are anything but soft) – listener, visionary, inspirer, down to earth, empathetic, caring, etc. 2. Technical skills – has advanced knowledge of the technical skills related to their position and/or work. 3. IQ – is smart, has a high IQ. Where did the majority of your characteristics fall? If you’re like most who have taken this course, your answers will fall primarily in #1 People Skills. Daniel Goleman, seen as the most influential writer and researcher of Emotional Intelligence, describes Emotional Intelligence as the “sine-qua-non” of leadership – it’s indispensable and absolutely necessary. He defines it as the ability to manage and use your emotions, as well as the emotions of others, purposefully. It’s a combination of many excellent skills (great communicators, inspirers, influencers), the most important skill is self-awareness. Dr. Marc Brackett, director of the Center for Emotional Intelligence at Yale University, describes Emotional Intelligence as the ability to understand and manage your own emotions, and to understand other people’s emotions and your reaction to them. Dr. Kirsten Bradbury (psychologist) and I Integrate perspectives from biomedicine, positive psychology, clinical science, business, and leadership studies, this seminar focuses on four key subcomponents of EQ and their application to successful leadership. A variety of leadership behaviors can be enhanced by applying advanced socioemotional regulatory and relational skills, like workplace decision-making, creative innovation, and team communication.
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