I just started this 8-week course on September 28th. Yielding from professor Richard Boyatzis at Case Western University, Inspiring Leadership Through Emotional Intelligence focuses on the science behind being an effective an inspiring leader in your workplace.
The video lectures are brief, but all come with open-ended homework assignments that draw upon your past experiences with leaders in your life, your leadership abilities, and how to improve your workplace relations. Participation in the online forums is mandatory in this class, but therein you will find a treasure trove of information from people all over the world looking to become stronger leaders in their fields.
My favorite take away from this class thus far is how important it is to get your own life in order before you can be a truly effective leader. I have found in the past when my home life is a little sub-par, be it financial stress or just not taking the time to take care of myself and squeeze in things that I enjoy doing in favor of burying myself in my business, it takes a toll on my employees, because they are highly empathetic to how I’m feeling. Learning how to manage your emotions to create a strong and healthy work environment is definitely something that entrepreneurs should take the time to educate themselves in.