Hollinger International helps school leaders enhance their emotional intelligence and become exceptional leaders.
Emotional intelligence is essential for successful school leadership. It’s far more important than cognitive intelligence for all leaders – especially school leaders. Schools are highly emotional places – the lives, education and care of children are at stake. Exceptional school leaders are exceptional because they are emotionally compelling to their boards, faculty, staff, parents and students. They provide vision, assurance, clarity and approval.
The driving force behind exceptional leadership is and always has been emotional. Great school leaders inspire, ignite passion and bring out the best in students and adults in the school community. The school leader serves as the school community’s emotional guide.
School leadership is far more than achieving goals, like educating students to get good scores on tests. It is about guiding the school community’s collective emotions in directions that lead to success for students and staff. Leadership is also about controlling lethal emotions like fear, anxiety, anger and jealousy, which can have fatal consequences in a school.
Nothing is more important for school leaders, in addition to the required professional skills, than the social and emotional competencies to manage their own and other people’s emotions. Exceptional leaders are keenly aware of their emotional and behavioral impact on others. They also have the ability to analyze and understand relationships between others, and to lead the emotional life of the school in positive directions.
Exceptional school leaders know that everything they want to achieve depends on how they go about doing it. They understand how emotions affect both tangible results like student behavior and intangibles like faculty morale. Successful school leaders have the social and emotional intelligence to make the collective emotions in their schools work for – and not against – the school.
We know that school leaders’ emotional intelligence can be enhanced because we’ve seen it happen time and time again. The first step is to assess one’s emotional intelligence. The Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i) by Reuven Bar-On is perhaps the most widely researched and effective assessment tool. The EQ-i assesses the following five areas:
1) Intrapersonal (Self-Regard, Emotional Self-Awareness, Assertiveness, Independence and Self-Actualization)
2) Interpersonal (Empathy, Social Responsibility, Interpersonal Relationship)
3) Stress Management (Stress Tolerance, Impulse Control)
4) Adaptability (Reality Testing, Flexibility, Problem Solving)
5) General Mood (Optimism, Happiness)
Get started now on the path to enhancing your emotional intelligence and improving your school leadership. We guarantee that our school leadership coaching services will enhance your emotional intelligence and help you become an extraordinary school leader.
Contact Us by email or telephone at 1.202.841.0583 for more information or to arrange for Danny Hollinger to begin coaching you now.