Emotional Intelligence as a Path to Effective Leadership


Professor Richard E. Boyatzis

Friday, February 7, 2017, 12 noon to 1:30pm, RWTH Aachen Gästehaus

The Lecture

Great leaders move us. They move us through a basic human process - our emotions. Although they talk of strategy and competition, the great leaders establish a deep emotional connection with others called resonance. They are literally, in tune with others around them. Their own levels of emotional intelligence allow them to create and nurture these resonant relationships. They use their EI as a path to resonant leadership through mindfulness, hope and compassion.

Unfortunately, most people in leadership positions lose their effectiveness over time. Because of the cumulative effect of the damage from chronic stress, effectiveness in leadership and maintaining resonant relationships is not sustainable But, humans can revive themselves, neurologically, hormonally, and emotionally. This process of renewal can reverse the ravages of chronic stress. Through renewal experiences a person can become more cognitive, perceptually and emotionally open. They can innovate and learn. They can make informed, astute decisions. They can be open to motivating others.

  Portrait of Professor Boyatzis

The Speaker

Richard E. Boyatzis is Distinguished University Professor and Professor in the Departments of Organizational Behavior, Psychology, and Cognitive Science at Case Western Reserve University, and HR Horvitz Professor of Family Business, as well as Adjunct Professor in People/Organizations at ESADE. He earned his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Harvard University. Using his Intentional Change Theory, ICTfor short, he studies sustained, desired change at all levels of human endeavor from individuals, teams, organizations, communities and countries. Before becoming a professor, he was CEO of the research consulting company McBer and Company for eleven years and COO of the market research company Yankelovich, Skelly & White for three years. He was ranked #9 Most Influential International Thinker by HR Magazine in 2012 and 2014. He is the author of seven books and more than 200 articles on leadership, competencies, emotional intelligence, competency development, coaching, neuroscience and management education.

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