Why Investing in Emotional Intelligence Is Important
"You have to be prepared to grow and transform yourself, if you want to get into the game of transformation." ~ Tiffany Persons, Founder/Executive Director, Shine on Sierra Leone
Emotional Intelligence, the ability to, “identify, assess, and control the emotions of oneself, of others, and of groups,” is a crucial skill for all leaders. In this 2:30 minute Cafe Impact video, six social change leaders talk with show host, Jonathan Lewis, about the importance of emotional intelligence.
As Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, the Founder and Director of Akili Dada says in the piece:
“I don’t think you add value to the world by being unsafe, by being hungry, and by being so miserable that the people you purport to help would rather you were not in their lives. Do you know what I mean?
You then pass on that burden that you’re carrying on to others. You don’t give a gift to others. And so you negate the value that you add to the world, and I really think that you should live to give a gift to others.”
In the video, you’ll hear from:
- Tiffany Persons, Founder/Executive Director, Shine on Sierra Leone
- Keely Stevenson, Chief Executive Officer, Bamboo Finance USA
- Whitney Smith, Founder/Executive Director, Girls for a Change
- Chid Liberty, Executive Officer, Liberty and Justice
- Clemens Pitzer, President, Triskeles Foundation
- Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, Founder/Director, Akili Dada
Why do you think it’s important for organizations to invest in their staffs’ emotional intelligence skills?
Photo credit: Screenshot of interview with Tiffany Persons, Founder/Executive Director, Shine on Sierra Leone.