Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence

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Course Date: 18 August 2014 to 13 October 2014 (8 weeks)

Price: free

Course Summary

Emotional intelligence, hope, mindfulness, and compassion help a person reverse the damage of chronic stress and build great leadership relationships. The Positive and Negative Emotional Attractors inspire sustained, desired change and learning at many levels.

Estimated Workload: 3-4 hours/week

Course Instructors

Richard Boyatzis

Richard E. Boyatzis is Distinguished University Professor, and a Professor in the Departments of Organizational Behavior, Psychology, and Cognitive Science at Case Western Reserve University and Human Resources at ESADE. Using his Intentional Change Theory (ICT) and complexity theory, he continues to research sustained, desired change at all levels of human endeavor from individuals, teams, organizations, communities, countries and global change. He is the author of more than 150 articles on leadership, competencies, emotional intelligence, competency development, coaching, and management education. His articles on coaching, since 2000, have included longitudinal studies and now fMRI studies of coaching effectiveness. He was ranked #9 Most Influential International Thinkers by an 11,000 HR Director Survey in HR Magazine. His books include: The Competent Manager; the international best-seller, Primal Leadership with Daniel Goleman and Annie McKee (in 28 languages); Resonant Leadership, with Annie McKee (in 18 languages); and Becoming a Resonant Leader, with Annie McKee and Fran Johnston (in 7 languages). Professor Boyatzis has a BS in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT and a MS and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Harvard University.

Course Description

Great leaders move us through our emotions. They establish a deep emotional connection with others called resonance. Their own levels of emotional intelligence allow them to create and nurture these resonant relationships. They use their EI as a path to resonant leadership through mindfulness, hope, compassion, and playfulness. Unfortunately, most people in leadership and helping positions (i.e., doctors, teachers, coaches, etc.) lose their effectiveness over time because of the cumulative damage from chronic stress. But humans can renew themselves, neurologically, hormonally, and emotionally.

Based on decades of research into emotional intelligence competencies and longitudinal studies of their development, the course will examine resonance and developing "resonant leadership" capability, emotional intelligence, and the experiences of mindfulness, hope, and compassion. Using the latest in neuroscience, behavioral, organizational and psychological research, participants will understand the theory, research, and experience of the Positive Emotional Attractor that is an essential beginning to sustained, desired change for individuals, teams, organizations and communities. 

The course will consist of nine classes, with three or so modules per class, to be taken over 8 weeks. Each module will consist of a video, assigned and recommended readings, reflective exercises, writing in your Personal Journal, and on-line, asynchronous discussions. Each class will have personal learning assignments to use and tests of comprehension. 


* Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment after completing this class?

Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor. If the student completes the 3 Action Learning Assignments successfully, that Statement of Accomplishment will have “with Distinction.”

Signature Track is an option. Signature Track will provide you with an opportunity to add a higher level of identity verification your accomplishments earned through your coursework by earning a Verified Certificate. 

* What resources will I need for this course?

For this course, all you need is an Internet connection, and the time to read and discuss the exciting materials available online.

* What is the coolest thing about this course?

In this course, you will delve into the mysteries of the human experience of leadership. You will learn how to overcome the ravages of chronic stress to become more open to learning and change, and to renew your body and mind (not to mention your heart and spirit). You will learn the theory, research from management, psychology, education and medicine that facilitate sustained, desired change.

* Will I be able to apply the learning? 

Yes, each module and class will include reflective exercises and action learning assignments to help you understand and experiment with the ideas at work and at home in your life. You will learn techniques for renewal, inspiring hope and vision, engaging mindfulness, spreading compassion and being playful – building your emotional intelligence and improving your relationships!

* Will I be able to design possible research studies to build on the latest research?

Yes, the causal relationships developed through current and most recent research will be explained. These will enable you to identify possible research designs for your own future research.

* Is this course available in other languages?

The videos are recorded in English only, however there are Chinese and Russian subtitles available as Closed Captioning (CC) options. 




Week 1: Class 1: Resonant Leadership and the neuroscience behind it

  • Module 1.1: What is great leadership?
  • Module 1.2: Resonant leaders create experiences with the people around them of Hope, Compassion, Mindfulness, and Playfulness
  • Module 1.3: The neuroscience of resonant leadership

 Week 2: Class 2: Renewal as an antidote to chronic stress

  • Module 2.1: Emotions are contagious
  • Module 2.2: Stress and renewal
  • Module 2.3: Strategies for renewal and building resonant relationships

Week 3: Class 3: Emotional Intelligence and its link to Leadership

  • Module 3.1: Emotional, social, and cognitive intelligence competencies
  • Module 3.2: EI and SI in various fields of work and they can be developed

Week 4: Class 4: Inspiring and Motivating Sustained Development, Growth and Learning

  • Module 4.1: People and relationships who inspired you and Intentional Change Theory
  • Module 4.2: The Positive (PEA) and Negative Emotional Attractors (NEA)

Week 5: Class 5: Coaching with Compassion to Inspire Sustained Learning and Development

  • Module 5.1: Doctor/Patient, teacher/student studies and neruological evidence of coaching to the PEA
  • Module 5.2: Survive and Thrive – Balancing the PEA and NEA
  • Module 5.3: Practicing conversations that inspire

Week 5: Class 6: Peer Coaching: With a Little Help from My Friends

  •  Module 6.1: Reviewing and evaluating a Coaching with Compassion essay

Week 6: Class 7: Inspiring Change through Hope and Vision – Discovery #1 in ICT

  • Module 7.1: The battle between the Ideal Self and Ought Self
  • Module 7.2: Components of the Ideal Self/Personal Vision
  • Module 7.3: Developing your personal vision, including life and career stage

Week 7: Class 8: The Multi-Level Nature of Sustained, Desired Change

  • Module 8.1: Multi-level change: Resonant leadership and social identity groups
  • Module 8.2: Developing Shared Vision in Teams and Organizations
  • Module 8.3: Recent research on the impact of shared vision
  • Module 8.4: Team change (Beatles versus Rolling Stones) and Developing social  Identity (Trekkers and Apple Users) 

Week 8: Class 9: The Real Self and Learning Agenda- Discoveries #2,3,4 in ICT

  • Module 9.1: The Real Self versus the Faux Self and Learning Agenda (not a Performance Improvement Plan)
  • Module 9.2: Experimentation and Practice
  • Module 9.3: Review


This course is made up of nine classes. Each class has two to four modules. Each module has a video, plus reflective exercises to be done during the module and a personal learning assignment to follow the class. Students are encouraged to maintain a personal journal of thoughts, observations and experiences during the course. For the advanced Practicum Track, there are 3 action learning assignments which involve you talking to others at work, home, or other aspects of your life. For example, the action learning assignment after Class 5 requires that you conduct two coaching sessions and write a brief essay on them. If you choose this option, these will be read and reviewed by a small group of classmates on-line. Students are expected to offer their opinions, ideas and examples from the videos, readings, personal and action learning exercises, and reflective exercises in on line discussions. Each week  will end with a quiz. The final grade will be based on 5 Personal Learning Assignments (40%), 7 weekly exams (20%), entries into the Discussion Forums (20%), and the Final exam (20%). If a person completed the 3 Action Learning Assignments, they would earn “With Distinction” on their Statement or Certificate. 

Suggested Reading

Students should read the required readings either before or soon after each unit, but in advance of the next module. Recommended and supplemental readings can be read at any time throughout the course. 

Course Workload

3-4 hours/week

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