In Session One, we discussed authenticity and emotional intelligence. Authentic leaders can have great influence over others. We played a video in the classroom in which Mr. Rogers demonstrates the power of authenticity and emotional intelligence. It only took Mr. Rogers six minutes to convince the impatient Senator that it was well worth it to approve a 20-million dollar grand funding the PBS network.
Emotional intelligence requires being aware of your strengths and your emotional state, knowing how to manage the moment you are in, being empathetic about your audience and knowing how they will perceive your message, and knowing how to connect with decision makers. These skills are not inborn and can be developed.
Video link: Mr. Rogers and Authenticity