Emotional Intelligence Workshop for Higher Ed Leaders

Emotional Intelligence Workshop for Higher Ed Leaders


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What separates a good leader from a great leader?

What elevates a good leader to a truly great one? In an enterprise like higher education, where all leaders are intelligent, what skills and qualities help make leaders truly effective? The research is clear and compelling: emotional intelligence accounts for more than twice the difference in effective leadership over cognitive abilities.

But what exactly is emotional intelligence and can it be learned? We invite you to join us in Denver for a one-of-a-kind program in higher education - one that will explore the significant dimensions of emotional intelligence and offer proven practices and strategies that will deepen your awareness of self and others and show you how to use this intelligence to improve your effectiveness as a leader.

Emotional Leaders are:

  • More self-confident
  • Trustworthy
  • Comfortable with ambiguity
  • Optimistic and committed
  • Better at tapping talent in themselves and their teams
  • More effective at leading teams

EQi Assessment

Participants will complete the EQi assessment, a validated tool that assesses leadership across five major dimensions of emotional intelligence. The cost is included in the workshop fee and participants will complete the assessment prior to the workshop.


Who Should Attend

Leaders at all levels benefit from deepening their emotional intelligence. This workshop is designed for those individuals who wish to take a deeper dive into what leadership means to them, what it means to bring your values to work every day, to show up authentically, and to successfully deal with the complex and ambiguous environment that faces us today.

Middle managers will benefit from building the right foundation for leadership, both now and for the future. For senior leaders, emotional intelligence is often the major differentiator of leadership performance (as opposed to technical expertise).

Finally, this program is applicable for both academic leaders as well as non-academic administrators. Our program faculty have decades of expertise in both the academic and administrative enterprises of higher education.

To preserve the intimate nature of this program, we are limiting attendance to the first 30 registrants. Register early and save your spot!

If you have questions about this program or its fit for you, please reach out to Amit Mrig.


Day 1: March 4, 2019


Registration and Continental Breakfast (included in registration fee)
8:00 - 8:30 a.m.



Welcome, Introduction, and Program Overview

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.



What Does it Take to be an Effective Leader?

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.

In this opening session, we’ll discuss the qualities, skills, and behaviors leaders need to develop and how these relate to either emotional or technical intelligence. As part of this session, the facilitators will share an overview of how truly effective leadership is developed.



Morning Break

10:15 - 10:30 a.m.



The Emotional Intelligence Framework: What is it and How is it Learned?

10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

We’ll unpack the emotional intelligence framework and discuss how it compares and contrasts with other models and theories of leadership. The essential takeaway from this session is providing you with a useful framework for understanding your own leadership, including crafting your own personal definition.



Lunch (included in registration fee)

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.



Mastery: The Foundation of an Authentic Leader

1:00 - 2:45 p.m.

Building on your personal definition of leadership, you will develop a personal mission and vision statement, and articulate your personal values. These ideas provide an anchor for leaders and enable authentic actions and decisions across your personal and professional domains.




2:45 - 3:00 p.m.



Emotional Intelligence Assessment

3:00 - 4:15 p.m.

In this session, you will receive your personalized EQi assessment; time will be spent to help participants interpret their scores and prioritize the most important and meaningful takeaways.



Networking Reception (included in registration fee)

4:15 - 5:15 p.m.



Day 2: March 5, 2019


Continental breakfast (included in registration fee)

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.



Day 1 Recap, Mindfulness Activity

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.




9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Self-awareness is the foundation of emotional intelligence. Building off the first-day’s activities and assessments, we’ll help you understand and tap into your: emotional self, meaning-making self, thinking self, physical self, and relational self. We’ll also explore the situations that trigger you and strategies for dealing with these.



Social Awareness

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Only when you begin to understand yourself can you begin to understand others and how you relate to them. In this session, we’ll explore critical skills for developing empathy for and awareness of others.



Self Management

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

All leaders, no matter how seasoned, are tested and are culpable to certain stresses and triggers. Stress has significant cognitive, physical, emotional, and behavioral effects on a leader. What’s critical is understanding what those situations are, how they affect you, and how you can deal with these more productively.



Lunch (included in registration fee)

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.



Relationship Management

1:00 - 2:15 p.m.

You can only lead through relationships and in any relationship, conflict is inevitable. In this session, you’ll take an assessment to understand your style of conflict and learn and practice proven techniques for productively and authentically resolving conflict.




2:15 - 3:00 p.m.

Emotional intelligence leaders are leaders who are both resilient and who prioritize their well-being. We’ll address the different dimensions of resilience including optimism, mindfulness, connection, and gratitude. Most importantly, you will learn specific practices to develop your resilience over time.



Afternoon Break

3:00 - 3:15 p.m.



Learning Plan Development

3:15 - 4:00 p.m.

It’s critical that you leave with a clear and intentional plan for how you want to implement what you’ve learned in these last two days. Individually and with a thought partner, you’ll develop a prioritized and realistic agenda for how you want to shift your leadership practice.




4:00 p.m.

March 4 - 5, 2019 | Denver, CO

Conference Hotel Information:

JW Marriott Cherry Creek
150 Clayton Lane
Denver, CO 80206

Room Rate: $229 + tax
Room Block Dates: The nights of March 3 and 4, 2019.
Rate Available Until: February 11, 2019.

Please book early - rooms are limited and subject to availability.

Reserve Your Room: Please call 303.316.2700 and indicate that you are with the Academic Impressions group to receive the group rate.


Roshaon Tytar, Business Office Manager
Mary Spilde

President Emeritus, Lane Community College

Bio coming soon.

Clint Sidle

Instructor, Cornell University

In addition to his current position at Cornell, Clint Sidle is the Immediate Past Director, Roy H. Park Leadership Fellows Program, Johnson Graduate School of Management. He is widely sought as a keynote speaker and consultant in leadership development, executive coaching, and managing strategic change. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies, state and local educational systems, and some of the nation's leading universities and nonprofit organizations.

His leadership program in the Johnson School at Cornell has earned national recognition as a unique and powerful contribution to management education. His developmental approach is based on a unique experiential learning model that is the topic of his book The Leadership Wheel: Five Steps to Achieving Individual and Organizational Greatness released in September 2005. He elaborates on the inner aspect of leadership development in his most recent book, This Hungry Spirit: Your Need for Basic Goodness, published in December 2009.

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Amit Mrig
President, Academic Impressions

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