During the last month, I have watched a lot of TED Talks, speeches, and dissertations of more or less distinguished scholars dealing with the topic of emotional intelligence. Each of them taught me something of significance and still, there are only a few which remained with me from a memorable point of view.

Kris Girrell

Executive leadership coach Kris Girrell, discusses “the dark night of the soul” in terms of humanity’s sudden awareness of emotion as a surprising and sometimes frightening experience. Mr. Girrell shares his personal experience with despair. He has a deep understanding of emotional experience and the importance of emotional intelligence in leadership.

AMong others, he is also the author of a very interesting short eBook, A Guide To The Periodic Table Of Emotions.

Guy Winch, PhD.

Guy discusses the importance of an emotional hygiene aid kit. We take excessive care of our bodies and neglect our hearts. Emotional injuries are plentiful, and most people don’t have the emotional band-aids needed to cope. Knowing that loneliness increases mortality rates, he suggests, should motivate people to understand better how to build emotional resilience.

He is the author of Emotional First Aid: Healing Rejection, Guilt, Failure, and Other Everyday Hurts.

Joan Rosenberg, PhD.

Simply put, emotional intelligence has to do with unpleasant feelings treatment. The “Rosenberg Reset” is a formula that everyone should learn and put into practice. Improving self-confidence by responding to the unpleasant with intention, patience, and choice can shift emotional wellbeing today.

She is the author of 90 Seconds to a Life You Love: How to Master Your Difficult Feelings to Cultivate Lasting Confidence, Resilience, and Authenticity.

Susan David, PhD.

Susan David’s talk on emotional agility and the power it delivers is inspirational. Her personal story of grief and loss, and her radical acceptance of difficult, unpleasant emotions helps paint a clear picture of emotional intelligence. Susan David is the author of the international bestseller Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life.

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