Emotional Intelligence as a Leadership Predictor

Monday, September 22, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT  
Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Rita Allen, President, Rita B. Allen Associates

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We are all familiar with emotional intelligence, but how do we leverage it in our practice as learning leaders and utilize it as a measure of potential leadership success, and ultimately organizational performance?

Emotional intelligence (EQ) requires effective communication between the rational and emotional centers of the brain; it represents the path between feeling and reason. The four skills that together make up emotional intelligence include self-awareness and self-management, which are about personal competence, and social awareness and relationship management, which are about social competence. Studies have found that EQ is:

  • is a required competency for effective leaders
  • is the number one predictor of professional success and personal excellence
  • affects organizational profitability and performance.

This session will provide an overview of EQ and the role it can play in building a powerful leadership team and improving operational efficiency. It will include information on the science behind the theory of emotional intelligence, tips and strategies for developing required competencies, and the importance of building the business case for growing emotionally intelligent leaders.


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Rita Allen
Rita Allen

President, Rita B. Allen Associates

Rita B. Allen is the president of Rita B. Allen Associates, a career management firm specializing in executive coaching, leadership development, management training, and career development. She is a lecturer at Boston-area universities, a sought-after speaker and presenter, and the author of numerous articles, blogs, and the newly released book, Personal Branding and Marketing Yourself: The Three P's Marketing Technique as a Guide to Career Empowerment. Rita was voted one of the top ten executive coaches by the Boston Business Journal.

Rita brings many years of human resource experience to her practice and has worked with leaders across all industries and professions. Previously, she held roles as vice president of marketing and search services with Gatti & Associates, and human resource positions with C.R. Bard, BTU International, and Unitrode Corporation. She holds an MS in leadership and a BS in business administration from Northeastern University, and is certified in several assessments tools. Rita currently serves on the board of directors of More Than Words and is a former board member of The Boston Club and the Association of Career Professionals International (New England).