Executive Leadership Development Institute (ELDI)

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The Leadership Development Institute is a special program offered each year during the NABA National Convention.  This is no ordinary conference seminar.  We partner with premier institutions to develop a signature mix of content that leverages an immersive curriculum approach to equip participants with the skills necessary for sustainable success.  The program is organized into three tracks:  Aspiring Leaders, Management and Executive, and a minimum of 4 years of experience is required to participate.



Executive Leadership Development Institute (ELDI)


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Session Title: Emotional Intelligence: The Leadership Edge
Dates:  Tuesday, June 6th - 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
              Wednesday, June 7th - 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: 2017 NABA Convention, Room:TBD
Presented By: Georgetown University
Presenter(s) and Speaker(s):  Dr. Mike McDermott
Session Requirements:  Participants must have a minimum of 12 years of experience and at least 5 years of senior level management experience.  Sessions are designed for those aspiring to the move into executive leadership positions (e.g., a CPA firm partner, a C-Suite executive, financial services firm SVP, etc.). 

Session Description

Senior executives are often thought of as perfectly balanced, dispassionate leaders who make decisions based solely on the facts and the best interests of the organization. In reality, senior executives are human beings like everyone else, bringing with them their own experiences and emotions that bear upon their judgement. An executive's ability to strike the right balance between compassion and logic is often a key contributor to his or her success as a leader. This session will explore how emotional intelligence influences a senior executive's ability to manage his or her own emotions and those of colleagues, subordinates, customers, and clients and how it can be leveraged to benefit the organization he or she leads. 
Leadership is, at its core, achieving results through others. Effective leadership requires that you act with: (1) self-awareness of your needs, emotions, motivations, biases, and cognitive style; and (2) awareness of others’ needs, emotions, motivations, and cognitions as you make decisions and take action. Leaders in organizations today operate in an environment characterized by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. The forces of globalization, rapidly advancing technologies, and shifts in the demographics of the workforce require leaders who can simultaneously balance microscopic perceptions and macroscopic expectations. These forces also create complex interdependencies across groups of highly diverse people. Inevitably, such divergent needs, values, and perspectives hold potential for disruptive conflict. Effective leaders today must be able to meet these challenges anticipate conflicts and align people to accomplish organizational goals and outcomes.

In this session, we will focus on the mindset and skill set for enhancing your social and emotional intelligence. More specifically, we will focus on (1) increasing your self-awareness on both your cognitive and emotional assumptions around leadership; (2) increasing your ability to inspire others at an emotional level; (3) improving your ability to influence and persuade others; and (4) increasing the effectiveness of your personal development network. The sessions will help you better understand interpersonal differences and your influence or impact on others.