Emotional Intelligence--Still a Critical Leadership Skill

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Is Emotional Intelligence a concept that is past its prime? Not if our clients have anything to say about it. Emotional Intelligence, or EI, has now spent more than two decades in the limelight since Daniel Goleman's groundbreaking book: Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More than IQ. However, the concepts and the need for Emotional Intelligence are hardly shrinking. How do we know? We know because clients are still requesting EI presentations and team building sessions as frequently as any other session we offer. In December, we did a session as part of leadership succession planning in the nonprofit sector; in January, we'll be doing a team EI session for a medical practice. We all need emotional intelligence, beginning with its foundation of self-awareness, and building from there by managing and effectively expressing our own emotions, being empathic to others, and strengthening and sustaining relationships. Essential to any life, to any business, EI never gets old.

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Small Ann Deaton I am a leadership coach, and Managing Partner in Bounce. I love to coach and facilitate with individuals and systems experiencing significant change and growth. The clients I work with, regardless of their age or position, are talented and creative individuals willing to look with fresh eyes at their challenges and opportunities, and to take action based on their discoveries. As a result, they find that they are capable of accomplishing far greater things than they ever imagined. What do you want to accomplish today? Who do you want to be?


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