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 a 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 understanding of relational mindset and its role in leadership
  • Develop personal emotional competence and social awareness to inspire self and others


  • Module 1: Ideal

Focus on vision and values exercisestalk 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

  • Module 2: Real

Focus on emotional intelligence assessment, other feedback from peers and friends (need to contract for an instrument). 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

  • Module 3: Learning Agenda

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

  • Module 4: Practice and Experimentation/Resonant Relationships

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