Late Curriculum Addition – Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence

I’m adding a new course to my homemade MBA!  I’m about half-way through my original homemade MBA plan, and I hate to make a change this late in the game (let alone making more work for myself…), but I think this course will fill a gap in my plan.


I’m adding Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence from Case Western Reserve University.  Here is the Coursera 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.


Why am I adding this course?

Mainly, because I’m not getting what I thought I would out of University of Geneva’s International Organizations Management Course.  International Organizations Management is a fine course, but I had originally selected it to replicate the material that Harvard’s Leadership and Organizational Behavior would cover, and so far the material that has been presented is quite different.  So, because I think the content of Leadership and Organizational Behavior is important, I have been on the prowl for something else that can provide it; Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence is it.


I have always thought emotional intelligence is important – not just in a work or leadership context, but also in everyday life.  People with high emotional intelligence are the ones you want to be friends with.  They are the people in social situations that just get it.  I’m by no means an expert, but I have done a decent amount of reading about Emotional Intelligence, and taken a number of EI diagnostic tests in the past, and I’m excited to learn more about it through this class.

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