Emotional Intelligence and Leadership

Take a 4-week online course on emotional and social intelligence for leadership effectiveness.

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Program Snapshot

Fall Start Date

November 4, 2024

Fall Registration Deadline

October 29, 2024

How Often

Start dates every fall and spring



Learning Format


Online Learning Type



4 weeks

Time Commitment

5-7 hrs./wk.


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Become a more effective leader using emotional intelligence

The 4-week, non-credit, online course on emotional and social intelligence is a self-exploration of emotional competence that leads to a relational mindset and leadership effectiveness. Based on research and organizational results, emotional intelligence is a well-known and well-documented framework for improving leadership. Participants will actively apply the intentional change theory and work through its stages to develop their own emotional competencies and develop personal learning. We will use peer coaching exercises to work through the development process.

Learning Outcomes

  • Assess and evaluate emotional intelligence (EI)
  • Explain why leaders fail and derail in their jobs
  • Explain why EI is a better predictor of success than IQ
  • Develop an understanding of the relational mindset and its role in leadership
  • Develop personal emotional competence and social awareness to inspire self and others


This course is for you if you’re looking for a leadership management course and you’re:

  • An emerging leader, supervisor, or manager who wants to become an outstanding leader
  • Responsible for leading a dynamic team to reach their individual/company goals
  • Seeking new tools to improve upon your current leadership skills


Focus on vision and values exercises – talk about leader passion, neurobiology of leadership, what is leadership; what is a relational mindset; group exercise where participants talk about their vision and ideal: what they want most

Focus on emotional intelligence assessment, other feedback from peers and friends. Talk about what accounts for leadership failure and success; evidence from research about leadership; group exercise where participants share feedback that they received: what do they learn most about themselves; what gaps do they notice between the ideal and real

Focus on gap analysis: what needs to change; where do participants see greatest point of leverage for personal change; work on the beginnings of a plan. Talk about goals, plans, and steps to take to work through bridging ideal and real; provide positive examples of how EI is demonstrated

Further develop the learning plan with specific goals and steps, identify key relationships for the personal board of directors. Identify specific times and places to begin demonstrating goals, work in groups / peers to practice and receive specific feedback about selected competencies to work on.



Approximately 5 – 7 hours a week.

This course is asynchronous. There are no live sessions.

  • an emerging leader, supervisor, or manager who wants to become an outstanding leader
  • responsible for leading a dynamic team to reach their individual/company goals
  • seeking new tools to improve upon your current leadership skills

The course is taught by a leading subject matter expert in their field. It is designed for working professionals to minimize time away from work and family. The information you will learn can be applied immediately in your workplace, and help you better manage your organization.

Yes, all course materials are included and will be available in Brightspace/Teams.

Yes, you will receive CEUs for this course. You will receive 1 CEU for every 10 hours of instruction.

No. Participants earn a UVM digital badge upon successful completion of the course.

This is a professional-level non-credit course.

If you are a non-credit student seeking accessibility support, please email access@uvm.edu and the UVM Student Accessibility Services team will be able to assist. In your email, please include that you do not have a 95 number/NetID.

This non-credit course does not qualify for federal student grants or loans or University of Vermont scholarships. Depending on your home state, this program may qualify for workforce development grants. Contact your State Department of Labor to determine which grants may support individuals seeking education to pursue opportunities for career change.

The Vermont Legislature designates a certain amount of grant money every year for Vermont residents who want to pursue education or training beyond high school. These grants are administered through VSAC, and are distributed based on financial need.

Learn about options for discounts, grants, loans, scholarships, and more on our tuition and financial aid page.

No formal payment plans are currently available for this course. Tuition must be paid in full prior to beginning the course. You have the option of making a minimum payment of $500 at registration, however, the balance is due two weeks prior to the start of the course.

Students interested in a Leadership course may register by paying in full online via credit card or by calling us at 802-656-8407 to make a partial payment of $500. Should you make a partial payment, the remaining balance must be paid in full no later than two weeks prior to the start of this course. If payment is not received by then, you will automatically be dropped from the course the following business day. Refunds will be issued less a $25.00 cancellation fee.

If you need to cancel your attendance, you must notify us via email at learn@uvm.edu or call us at (802) 656-2085 at least three business days prior to the start date of the course to receive a full refund, less a $25 cancellation fee. If a medical condition necessitates cancellation/withdrawal (documentation to be provided), this will be reviewed by our Studies Committee for any type of refund.

1098-T forms are not issued for this course. However, you may be eligible for a tax credit without this form if you meet IRS requirements.