Workforce Development

Emotional Intelligence and Leadership

As a result of recent research on brain activity and behavioral research, the importance of Emotional Intelligence (EI) has emerged. Theorists, such as Goleman, have suggested that EI is twice as important as a person’s IQ or technical abilities. EI also plays a key role in effective leadership skills. Leaders are not only judged on how smart they are but how well they handle themselves and others in the workplace. EI consists of competencies which can be acquired, developed and fostered. Listen to this engaging discussion to learn more.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the evolution of emotional intelligence (EI)
  • Identify the physiology of the brain and emotions
  • Discover the competencies of emotional intelligence
  • Discuss the relationship and application of leadership skills and emotional intelligence
  • Explain the relationship between EI and conflict
  • Illustrate how leaders can provide a productive and healthy work environment


  • Jeanne Morrison, PhD, MSN, Nurse Executive Academic Coordinator, Walden University

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