Leading with Emotional Intelligence: Turning Potential into Performance

Due to recent decisions by Lehigh University related to the COVID-19 Crisis, we will be postponing the onsite delivery of all of our programs for the fall of 2020.  If you are interested in a custom, online version of the content below for your organization, please contact Alison McGrath Peirce, Executive Director, at amp319@lehigh.edu.

This one-day program is designed for mid-level and senior managers and is available as part of our Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership.  It can also be applied as a non-domain option in the Executive Certificate in Project Management and the Executive Certificate in Supply Chain Management

Program Overview

It’s been called The Other Kind of Smart. It’s the main reason people with average IQs outperform those with the highest IQs 70 percent of the time. Emotional intelligence lets you stay calm and think clearly under pressure, be more aware of your emotions and better regulate them, become highly motivated and engaged, and have better social skills. 

Leading with Emotional Intelligence will show you how to improve your EI to become a more balanced, persuasive, and adaptable leader. Through lectures, discussions, experiential learning, and reflection and feedback, the highly personal program is designed to evoke not just “ah-ha” moments but real breakthroughs. Based on insights from leading psychologists, the Dalai Lama, and the instructor’s own work, it will help you build the specific skills you need to see more clearly, think and act more intelligently, and motivate others to high performance. In other words, you will learn to be at your best when it matters most. 

Impact & Benefits

  • Generate higher levels of positivity, wisdom, effectiveness, and resilience for yourself and those you lead 
  • Improve your ability to intentionally choose your attitude, see your choices, focus, and regulate your emotions 
  • Enhance the quality of your thoughts, actions, decisions, and communications
  • Cultivate the key leadership skill of focusing on both immediate details (tactical leadership) and the big picture (strategic leadership)
  • Improve your ability to spot trends and potential future opportunities and threats (making it easier to turn threats into opportunities 
  • Recognizing that the quality of the process will usually determine the quality of the results – and the experience – participants will learn to form and match results-oriented processes appropriate to their specific challenges and opportunities

Who Should Attend?

  • Mid- and higher-level managers
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Experienced individual contributors moving into to leadership roles


James Brennan, Ph.D., Professor of Management at Lehigh University, and author of The Art of Becoming Oneself. Dr. Brennan is a steering team member for the Civilian-Military Humanitarian Disaster Response Initiative, a project co-sponsored by the United Nations, the U.S. Naval War College, and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.  He was also the Sports Performance Coach for the championship Villanova men’s basketball team from 2005-2017. 

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