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Leadership Development at NSU

The best leaders are focused on helping their team achieve a shared vision. At Nova Southeastern University we embrace Others Centered Leadership, through feedback, recognition, inclusion, and development of the potential of our Students, Faculty, and Staff. 

If you are looking to take your team further, conduct teambuilding, or departmental strategic planning please contact us for customized Learning & Organizational Development consultative services, subject to availability.

Key Offerings: 

    • Organizational Health 2-Day Leadership Retreat (Based on the work of Patrick Lencioni)
    • DISC Personality/Communication Styles for Leaders/Teams
    • Find Your WHY Workshop for Departments (Based on the work of Simon Sinek)
    • Teambuilding/ Team Dynamics 
    • Psychological Safety/Emotional Intelligence 
    • ...and customized solutions to meet your departmental need. 

Leadership Development Opportunities

Featured Topic: Emotional Intelligence

We are many individuals, but One NSU. At its core, Emotional Intelligence is your ability to recognize, understand, and manage your own emotions while also being considerate and responsive to the emotions of others. In short, it's about being tuned in—both to yourself and the people around you. You will find it is essential in core values like Community, Diversity, and Student-Centered.

Leadership isn't a solo act. It involves people—lots of them—and people have feelings. Emotional Intelligence helps you navigate those feelings effectively, allowing you to resolve conflicts, inspire action, and create a work environment where everyone can do their very best work. So, unless you’re leading a team of robots (insert your favorite AI joke here), Emotional Intelligence is a must-have skill.

How to Boost Your Emotional Intelligence

Know Thyself
Before you can understand others, get to know yourself. What makes you tick? What ticks you off? The better you know yourself, the better you can manage your reactions.
Listen and Observe
Ever tried solving a puzzle without looking at the pieces? That's what leading without listening is like. Pay attention to what your team is saying, and just as importantly, what they’re not saying. Body language often speaks volumes.
Empathy is Key - Compassion is the next level
Understanding how someone else feels isn’t just nice; it’s practical. If you can see things from their perspective, you can figure out how to get the best from them.
Keep Cool and Carry On
If you’re the one losing it, your team won't be far behind. Emotional Intelligence is also about controlling your emotions, especially in stressful situations. "Calm is contagious."
Final Thoughts
As a leader, you set the example. If you value and practice Emotional Intelligence, it sets the tone for your team and your workspace. And let's face it, in the highly interactive world of higher education, EI isn't an optional seminar—it's a prerequisite.
Feedback is always welcome because, let's face it, we're all perpetual students in the school of life (and leadership). So feel free to share your thoughts or suggest improvements.


“ ...our level of emotional intelligence is not fixed genetically, nor does it develop only in early childhood. Unlike IQ, which changes little after our teen years, emotional intelligence seems to be largely learned, and it continues to develop as we go through life and learn from our experiences.” 

Daniel Goleman, Author and Psychologist


The Power of Emotional Intelligence - from Dr. Travis Bradberry


Further Reading


"Emotional Intelligence 2.0" by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves  - Find at the Alvin Sherman Library HERE 
"Primal Leadership: Unleashing the Power of Emotional Intelligence" by Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, and Annie McKee - Find at the Alvin Sherman Library HERE


"Dare to Lead" by Brené Brown - Find at the Alvin Sherman Library HERE


Featured LinkedIn Learning Course to Go Deeper 

Leading with Emotional Intelligence


Emotions are all around us in the office, and it's important for leaders to understand how to harness them to cultivate productivity and positive relationships. In this course, Britt Andreatta shares how to boost your emotional quotient (EQ) to better lead teams, work with peers, and manage up. Learn what emotional intelligence is and how it factors in at work, and discover concrete techniques for raising your own EQ. This includes perceiving yourself accurately, exercising emotional self-control, understanding and managing your triggers, and developing empathy. Then, turn those lessons around to build your awareness of others and become a more inspiring—and effective—leader.

Link for NSU Employees: Leading with Emotional Intelligence


Podcast: Executive Leadership Podcast #145: Don't Look Now, but Your EQ is Showing!

This episode underscores the importance of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) in leadership.

The hosts Perry and Chris, delve into how EI, encompassing self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills, significantly influences a leader's impact on their team. They highlight the pivotal role of self-awareness and advocate for leaders to foster a feedback-rich environment, aiming to enhance interpersonal connections and ultimately, organizational leadership culture.

A key quote that caught my attention was "What does it feel like to be on the other side of your leadership?" 

Key Points: 

  • Emphasis on Emotional Intelligence (EQ) in leadership.
  • Core EQ Elements: self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, social skills.
  • Significance of self-awareness for effective leadership.
  • Encouragement for leaders to seek candid feedback.
  • The overarching goal: Enhancing leadership culture through improved interpersonal relationships


LINK to the Episode:


Quote to Ponder

"True leaders understand that leadership is not about them but about those they serve. It is not about exalting themselves but about lifting others up."

- Sheri L. Dew


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