Thank you to the University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Engineering for inviting me in to provide EI training to students. And also kudos. In very progressive fashion, the School of Engineering is offering future engineers more than technical training. They are preparing engineering students for the complex, human world of the modern workplace through the development of leadership skills.
A brilliant professor, Dr. Arindom Sen, coordinates the program off the corner of his desk and has wonderful third and fourth year students assisting him. His stem-cell research is fascinating and he has high goals, such as repairing damaged limbs and reversing Parkinson’s symptoms. But he also has a huge interest in the students in his faculty as evidenced by his many awards for outstanding teaching.
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The student leadership program is optional, provides course credits, and takes place over several Saturdays per term. I was first invited to offer the Leading with Emotional Intelligence part of the program in 2016 and have offered two programs per year ever since. I’ve even created a Level II program for the students who participated in the introductory session, but wanted to take it to the next level.
I’ve really enjoyed working with the Engineering students at the U of C and I’m really looking forward to our March sessions! My hope is that more faculties in more universities across the country will decide to provide emotional intelligence resources and programming to develop the leadership skills of their students so they can become outstanding in their work and life.
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