CONEXION’S Curriculum consists of 10 workshops coupled with 1 on 1 meetings between mentees and mentors. Our first workshop explores why Emotional Intelligence is a core characteristic of great leaders. The EI workshop is at the core of our curriculum as we convert Latino talent into the next generation of leaders. Time and time again, cohort members tell us how critical the discussions around emotional intelligence were to managing very real issues faced at work.
At CONEXION, we feel Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is a an important skill for Latinos to cultivate throughout their careers as they navigate today’s complex corporate environment and seek to create value within their organization.
What is Emotional Intelligence (EI)?
The term Emotional intelligence (EI) was first coined by Daniel Goldman and the concept is explored in detail in his book, Emotional Intelligence. A simple Google search for the term will give you 9 million+ hits. Summed up, EI is the ability to identify, assess, and control your own emotions as well as influence the emotions of others.
There are 5 components to Emotional Intelligence
- Self- Awareness – knowing your strengths, weakness, what drives you, your values and how these impact others
- Self Regulation – knowing how to control or re-direct disruptive impulses and emotions
- Motivation –being driven to achieve, making your own reality
- Empathy – consideration of others feelings when making decisions
- Social Skill – managing relationships to understand people and what motivates them so as to move them toward a desired direction
Do Latino Professionals have a natural advantage when it comes to Emotional Intelligence?
While everyone is born with emotional intelligence, some research has found that within ethnic groups including Hispanics, Latinos score slightly higher than non-minorities in Emotional Intelligence tests. At CONEXION we choose to embrace the idea that our heritage naturally predisposes us to be Emotionally Intelligent leaders and that we are therefore naturally positioned to lead in the 21st century.
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