Lifelong Learner & Reflective Practitioner

Lifelong Learner & Reflective Practitioner

Let's Transform Our Schools Into TRUE Professional Learning Communities

Let's Transform Our Schools Into TRUE Professional Learning Communities
In Your School- Do all stakeholders subscribe to the belief that EVERYONE has something to learn and EVERYONE has something to teach? This blog can help you gain insight on how to facilitate this transformative mindset with your faculty!

Apr 13, 2012

Utilizing a Critical Friend to Improve Social & Emotional Intelligence

“Social Intelligence” typically has to do with a person’s ability to act wisely in human relations. “Emotional Intelligence” is often referred to as “a set of skills that include awareness of self and others and the ability to handle emotions and relationships” (Golman, 1995).

People who have the ability to perceive accurately, understand, and appraise others’ emotions tend to respond more flexibly to changes in their social environments and are more able to build social networks. These skills are vital because personal relationships are a central element of daily life in organizations like schools. I have witnessed situations where change efforts failed- NOT because the leader’s intentions were not sincere- but because the leader was unable to handle the social challenges of implementation.

As school leaders, we must possess a keen sense of social and emotional intelligence. I have a close friend (who is also a school leader) and we have brutally honest conversations with one another all the time. She has no reservations at all about challenging my motives or questioning my judgment, and I am the same way with her. We can do this because we trust one another completely. I honestly think that it makes us both better leaders.

What’s your opinion? Do you have a critical friend? If so, how has the friendship contributed to your development?

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