The Art and Science of Emotionally Intelligent Leadership

Self-awareness, self-regulation, empathy and interpersonal skills drive effective decision-making in leadership. Participants will complete the Educator Assessment of Social and Emotional Learning (EASEL), a multi-domain measure of personality, innate capacity for emotional intelligence, and vulnerability to stress. The resulting assessment will provide baseline data as licensed psychologist, Dr. Adam Saenz, guides participants as they establish the strengths, weaknesses, fears and potential biases that impact their decision-making processes as a leader. Target topics include managing work-life balance, meeting students’ mental health needs, addressing toxic employees and establishing a positive relational culture.

Class Overview

What Is Emotional Intelligence, and What Is My Personality Style?

1. Participants will be introduced to the five essential components of emotional intelligence, including self-awareness, self-regulation, empathy, social skills and effective decision making.

2. Participants will review EASEL data to identify strengths, weaknesses, fears, and potential biases associated with their personality styles.

3. Participants will review EASEL data to develop self-regulatory strategies to maximize the value of their strengths and to develop balance in areas of weakness.


What Is Stress, How Much Do I Have and What Do I Do with It?

1. Participants will understand the sources of stress and their vulnerability to it based on their EASEL assessment data (relevant EASEL data include the Tolerance, Flexibility and Optimism scales).

2. Participants will differentiate between helpful and hurtful fight-or-flight strategies.

3. Participants will build their Dream Team: Sage, Hero, Caregiver and Everyman.


How Can I Lead by Example With Emotional Intelligence?

1. Participants will engage discussion regarding the implications for work-life balance.

2. Participants will engage discussion regarding the implications for meeting students’ mental health needs.

3. Participants will engage discussion regarding leading toxic staff.


Three One-Hour Sessions


Each cohort is limited to 25 participants.

Team Professional Development

Participate in this master class as a team lead by Dr. Sáenz. School admin teams or district admin teams are welcomed! If you are looking for a self-paced option for only yourself, please check out Dr. Sáenz’s “Strength Through Crisis” course.


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