Office of Student Leadership and Engagement

Emotionally Intelligent Leadership (EIL) Workshop Series

What is Emotionally Intelligent Leadership?

Emotionally Intelligent Leadership (EIL) is the capacity for recognizing our own feelings and those of others, for motivating others, and for managing emotions well in ourselves and in our relationships. This series explores various skills and practices related to EIL. Participants of this series will develop their EIL skills and apply those skills to their leadership practice.

Workshop content cultivated from the 2nd edition of Emotionally Intelligent Leadership: A Guide for Students.

EIL explores 19 specific capacities that aid in practicing successful leadership, and we explore these in our series. These capacities are:

  • Emotional Self-Perception: Identifying emotions and their influence on behavior
  • Emotional Self-Control: Consciously moderating emotions
  • Authenticity: Being transparent and trustworthy
  • Healthy Self-Esteem: Having a balanced sense of self
  • Flexibility: Being open and adaptive to change
  • Optimism: Having a positive outlook
  • Initiative: Taking action
  • Achievement: Striving for excellence
  • Displaying Empathy: Being emotionally in tune with others
  • Inspiring Others: Energizing individuals and groups
  • Coaching Others: Enhancing the skills and abilities of others
  • Capitalizing on Difference: Benefiting from multiple perspectives
  • Developing Relationships: Building a network of trusting relationships
  • Building Teams: Working with others to accomplish a shared purpose
  • Demonstrating Citizenship: Fulfilling responsibilities to the group
  • Managing Conflict: Identifying and resolving conflict
  • Facilitating Change: Working toward new directions
  • Analyzing the Group: Interpreting group dynamics
  • Assessing the Environment: Interpreting external forces and trends

 Earn Your Certificate
OSLE offers recognition to students working on developing their Emotionally Intelligent Leadership. Continued participation in our open sessions below, or any EIL-related workshops requested by their organization or department count towards this certificate. At each level, participants complete a short reflection in order to earn their certificate. Continued participation earns higher levels of recognition. Participation can span over many semesters, certificates are not restricted to being earned in a single semester.

  • Platinum Level (20 workshops)
  • Gold Level (15 workshops)
  • Silver Level (10 workshops)
  • Bronze Level (5 workshops)

Workshop Dates

Introducing the Fall 2020 Virtual EIL Series:

A Kaleidoscope World: A Crash Course in Un-learning the Patterns of Prejudice

When you look into a kaleidoscope, you see the same colors over and over again; that is because it is comprised of a reflective, recurring pattern. We grow up seeing the world and leadership in a similar way – reflective, recurring patterns. The question is: will you be hypnotized by the kaleidoscope’s mesmerizing colors, or will you break away and view the world for yourself?

Series Dates and Topics 
Workshop topics, dates, times, and locations for upcoming EIL series

Clean Your Smudged Glasses: Strategies to Understand and Reduce Racial Bias

September 17th, 2020

Location: Zoom

12:30 - 1:30pm

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It’s hard to be yourself and appreciate others in a world where social media and technology tries to tell you to how to be, look, and act. In this session, we will unpack racial bias, discuss strategies to reduce racial bias, and explore how we as individuals can make a positive impact

Don't Stand so Close to Me: How Proximity in Relationships Impacts Racial Bias

October 8th, 2020

Location: Zoom


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Do you ever take a minute to reflect on who in your inner circle matters most to you and why that’s the case? Have you ever had drastically differing opinions about racial injustice with those who play a huge role in your life? Join us as we engage in an exciting discussion around relationships and confronting uncomfortable conversations.

Oh Look, Another White Man Running the Show: Understanding Whiteness and Leadership

October 29th, 2020

Location: Zoom


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There is no denying that white people, males in particular, have domineered leadership roles throughout our country’s history. Still today, there is still a large presence of white leadership in America. We will discuss how the privilege of being white in a positional role of leadership provides countless opportunities to inspire and enact change.

Suck It Up and Say Sorry: How Emotionally Intelligent Leaders Apologize

November 19th, 2020

Location: Zoom


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Living in an era of uncertainty and change can be terrifying. It is time to learn how to apologize, when to apologize, and what even to apologize for. It is time to really be empathetic and genuine in our actions and statements. In this session, we will walk through the 9 ingredients for a heartfelt apology, learn the 10 elements of non-defensive listening, and more.

 Missed a session? Complete the workshop asynchronously!

Life is hectic right now and Zoom burnout is very real. That's why we're offering a way to engage with our series this semester asynchronously. Just like your fully asynchronous classes, you can register to complete one or more workshops on your own time. Here's what to expect:

  • Register here to let us know you'd like to complete a workshop on your own (you must register with us for each workshop you'd like to complete on your own)
  • The deadline to sign up for this is 11:59pm of the day of each workshop
  • We'll send you a recording of the one hour workshop
  • You have one week to watch the recording
  • Complete the follow-up activity we'll send you and submit to OSLE
  • Done!

Click here to register for an asynchronous workshop!