Tag Archives: Emotional Intelligence

Happy and Productitve Organizations are a Leaders Choice

“Leadership is not a rank; it’s a decision,” according to Simon Sinek. I’m a big fan of his work. His previous book, Start with Why, is a simple yet profound look at the missing ingredient in bringing passion and purpose to our work. Circle of Safety In his new book and video, “Leaders Eat Last,” he discusses the biological component of working with and building trust with people. He shows how we are biologically wired to connect. Leaders need to tap into that through empathy by creating a “Circle of Safety”, an environment where everyone feels safe and secure, where …

Mindful Leadership on the Rise

This month’s newsletter topic is inspired from a recent Huffington post article by Gabriel Riera, co-Founder and Director of the Mindful Leadership Summit. It is thrilling for me to see that Step Up Leader’s perspective on helping leaders develop their inner core is becoming mainstream! “Something significant is happening in the evolution of leadership. For some years now, mindfulness has been quietly gaining ground as an effective way to heal difficult work cultures and create a more sane and productive environment. Encouraged by a growing body of research, leading corporations and organizations are beginning to accept an alternative to just …

Do You Know Your Leadership Blind Spots?

This week’s blog comes from Leading Blog. “Blind spots” are one of my favorite leadership topics because it is at the root of what holds us back.   Once uncovered, however there is the potential for monumental change and growth. “Blind spots,” those problems that are right in front of us that we fail to see. We all have them; not because we can’t find them, but because we don’t look very hard. In Leadership Blindspots, author Robert Shaw make this important observation: “Leadership strengths are often found in close proximity to blind spots. An overpowering strength, in particular, usually has …

5 Leadership Lessons from Rwanda

This week’s Step Up Leader Tip comes from an extraordinary young Rwandan female leader. Sandrine Umuhoza, student at The Akilah Institute for Women in Rwanda and President of the Student Council, recently visited Tampa as an ambassador for her school and country. Sandrine exemplifies the dynamic potential of Akilah’s students; young women who bring economic empowerment to east Africa. While at my home yesterday, I interviewed Sandrine. She spoke about what has influenced her as a leader—and her vision for herself and her country. Sandrine lost several family members to the 1994 genocide when she was four years old. Before …

The Truth About What Makes A Great Leader

Because the Step Up Leader system relies heavily on developing emotionally awareness and competent leadership for clients, I wanted to highlight a recent interview with Daniel Goleman from Forbes about what makes a great leader. Goleman is an internationally known psychologist who lectures frequently to professional groups, business audiences, and on college campuses.  He reported on the brain and behavioral sciences for The New York Times for many years. His 1995 book, Emotional Intelligence was on The New York Times bestseller list for a year-and-a-half; with more than 5 million copies in print worldwide in 30 languages, and has been a best …