Tag Archives: Emotional Intelligence

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 …

What Mindfulness Is — And Isn’t

This week’s Step Up Leader Tip borrows from a recent article by from Daniel Goleman, well-known thought leader and author in the field of Emotional Intelligence. What Mindfulness Is – And Isn’t. One of the foundational principles of Step Up Leadership is a strong, centered presence.  Clients have demonstrated to me and themselves how this informs their ability to create a vision and act upon it effectively… “Now that meditation has hit the cover of TIME, the Wisdom 2.0 conference has brought meditating executives to the headlines, and figures from Arianna Huffington to 50 Cent do the practice, a bit …