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Leadership and Emotional Intelligence

Research in a variety of companies has demonstrated that training leaders and manager’s in emotional intelligence is both possible and brings about significant bottom line results. Given the relationship between aspects of emotional intelligence and various performance outcomes, training in emotional intelligence has enormous potential for organizational return on investment. For instance, training in emotional intelligence has been found to reduce turnover, absenteeism, and increase engagement, sales performance and productivity. 


Going forward, there will be a need for people to learn mindfulness which helps develop compassionate leadership - this will be required of leaders as we move into the "new normal".

Turning in, turning outward: Cultivating compassionate leadership in crisis, Gemma D’Auria, Nicolai Chen Nielsen and Sasha Zolley, McKinsey & Company, May 1, 2020.


How Emotional Intelligence Became a Key Leadership Skill, Andrea Ovans, Harvard Business Review,

April 28, 2015.


The EI Advantage: Driving Innovation and Business Success through the Power of Emotional Intelligence Harvard Business Review, August 12, 2019.

This Is the Most In-Demand Skill of the Future; The future of work belongs to those who possess emotional and social skills. Here's why; Ryan Jenkins,, July 22, 2019.

How Emotional Intelligence Can Make You A Stronger Leader In A High-Stakes Business Environment; Forbes, by Shefali Raina, Aug 7, 2019.

The Role Of Emotional Intelligence In Managing Workplace Stress And Burnout Forbes, by Ann Holland, PhD, June 26, 2019.

3 Ways Being Empathetic Can Make You More Productive at Work Elizabeth Yuko, Thrive Global,

May 23, 2019 

World Economic Forum The Future of Jobs Employment, Skills and Workforce Strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (January 2016) named Emotional Intelligence as a core work-related skill, which is predicted to “be in higher demand across industries than narrow technical skills.” EI enables us to understand and navigate our own emotions as well as our relationships. This skill set is vital throughout our lives—whether we’re leading a team, raising a family, or simply want to make a positive impact in the world.

Centered Leadership: How Talented Women Thrive Joanna Barsh, Susie Cranston, and Rebecca A. Craske
McKinsey Quarterly, September 2008

Employee Engagement, Stress, and Burnout

From Yale University for Emotional Intelligence – Creating a healthier and more equitable, innovative and compassionate society. 

Creativity runs on passion, Psychology Today.

Taking creativity to work and making work more creative, Psychology Today.

1 in 5 employees is highly engaged and at risk for burnout, Harvard Business Review.

How to avoid burnout at work - and the signs you should take a break, The Telegraph.

The truth about burnout: It doesn’t look how we expect it to, The Hill.

Feeling Burned Out? Here Are 3 Things That Can Help, New York Times

Mindfulness and Wellbeing

Adapted with permission from Positive Psychology: Harnessing the Power of Happiness, Personal Strength, and Mindfulness,  Harvard Health Publishing about the Benefits of Mindfulness, Practices for Improving Emotional and Physical Well-Being.


Four Ways to Calm Your mind in Stressful Times 

Emma Sappala, Mindful Magazine, November 11, 2019.


The Mindfulness Skill That is Crucial for Stress

Jill Suttie, Mindful Magazine, Nov 4, 2019.

Train Your Brain to Build Resilience, Linda Graham, Mindful Magazine, Sept 15 2019.

Here’s What Mindfulness Is (and Isn’t) Good For, Daniel Goleman, Harvard Business Review, September 28, 2017.

What Meditation Can Do for Your Leadership, Matthias Birk, Harvard Business Review, December 2019.

10 Ways Mindfulness and Meditation Promote Well-Being Throughout your Lifespan, Christopher Bergland, Psycology Today. Apr 22, 2015.


Mindfulness as a Management Technique Goes Back to at Least the 1970s, Jim Butcher, Harvard Business Review, May 02, 2018.

Mindfulness: Multiply Productivity Through Undivided Attention, Alberto Ribera and J.L. Guillén, Rotman Management, Spring 2015.

How Mindfulness Can Drastically Improve Your Business, Kumar Arora, Inc., February 2, 2018.

Beyond The Brain: Mindfulness For Leaders, Christine Comaford, Forbes, September 17, 2016.

10 Ways to Be More Mindful at Work, Shamash Alidina, Mindful, June 8, 2016.

This is Your Brain on Mindfulness, Michael Baime, Shambhala Sun, July 2011.

Mindfulness, Bias, & Race

While it’s clear that mindfulness impacts our personal well-being, it’s becoming clearer how it may also influence our social well-being. By reducing the correspondence bias, negativity bias, and self-positivity bias, mindfulness can help us have better relationships with others—including those who look and behave differently.”

In the SIY program we learn about the brain’s negativity bias, share research about in-an-out groups and practice meditation for deepened compassion and kindness towards others.

Three Ways Mindfulness Can Make You Less Biased, Jill Suttie, Greater Good Magazine, May 15, 2017.

Mindfulness Meditation Reduces Implicit Age and Race Bias: The Role of Reduced Automaticity of Responding, Adam Luekei and Bryan Gibson, Social Psychological and Personality Science, 2015.

How Mindfulness Can Defeat Racial Bias, Rhonda Magee, Greater Good Magazine, May 14, 2015.

Search Inside Yourself Resources


Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment and Your Life, Jon Kabat-Zinn, 2016.


The Emotional Life of Your Brain; How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel, and Live--and How You Can Change Them, Richard Davidson with Sharon Begley, 2012.


Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace),
Chade-Meng Tan, 2014.


Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body, Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson, 2018.


Real Happiness at Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace, Sharon Salzberg, 2013.


Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life, Byron Katie, 2003.


The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are, Brene Brown, 2010.


Good Morning, I Love You: Mindfulness + Self-Compassion Practices to Rewire Your Brain for Calm, Clarity + Joy, Shauna Shapiro, 2020.


My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies, Reesma Menakem, 2017.


Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out, Ruth King, 2018.


A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, Eckhart Tolle, 2008.


The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness, Rhonda V. Magee, 2019.


Full Catastrophe Living (Revised Edition): Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness,
Jon Kabat-Zinn, 2013.


Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor E. Frankl, 2006.

Meditation Apps


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