Leadership and Spirituality
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What role does spirituality play in leadership? It makes the leader whole and fill the hole in the whole of the organization
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Rescooped by Ivon Prefontaine, PhD from Coaching Leaders

The Science Behind What Really Drives Performance (It's Going to Surprise You)

The DDI report reveals a dire need for leaders with the skill of empathy. Only four out of 10 frontline leaders assessed in their massive study were proficient or strong on empathy.

Richard S. Wellins, senior vice president of DDI and one of the authors of the High-Resolution Leadership report, had this to say in a Forbes interview a year ago:

We feel [empathy] is in serious decline. More concerning, a study of college students by University of Michigan researchers showed a 34 percent to 48 percent decline in empathic skills over an eight-year period. These students are our future leaders!

We feel there are two reasons that account for this decline. Organizations have heaped more and more on the plates of leaders, forcing them to limit face-to-face conversations. Again, DDI research revealed that leaders spend more time managing than they do "interacting." They wish they could double their time spent interacting with others. The second reason falls squarely on the shoulders of technology, especially mobile smart devices. These devices have become the de rigueur for human interactions. Sherry Turkle, in her book, Reclaiming Conversation, calls them "sips of conversations."

Via David Hain
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:
Empathy and emotional intelligence are essential to leading and performing. Central to these are face-to-face conversations with people and providing people with time for conversations, instead of relying on digital tools and social media. Sherry Turkle refers to those as "sips of conversation."
David Hain's curator insight, June 22, 2017 6:15 AM

The state of empathy in leadership - and it's not healthy!

Ron McIntyre's curator insight, June 26, 2017 1:41 AM

We are human so empathy must be part of our leadership style or we are nothing but robots.

Bay Jordan's curator insight, June 26, 2017 6:18 AM
Really useful insights here for anyone who relies on others to deliver performance - which is most of us! 
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Compassion Is...

Compassion Is... | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
What it means to be compassionate and why we should try to be it

Via Ioannis, Sharrock
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

Compassion is hard work and complements passion. Without the two, teaching becomes technique and is about inputs and outputs. With them integrated, teaching is relational and moves beyond inputs and outputs.

Sharrock's curator insight, May 14, 2014 3:15 PM

not just "everyone else" but "us" as well. 

Rescooped by Ivon Prefontaine, PhD from Teacher Tools and Tips

Teaching and Assessing Student Resiliencies

Teaching and Assessing Student Resiliencies | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
In this fourth post in a series about comprehensive student assessment, I’m taking on the subject of resilience and how it is we can both teach and assess students in this area. I’ve been arguing

Via Sharrock
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

I will have to think about the assessment part. As long as it is a formative process or assessment as learning, it is probably workable. For marks, I don't think so.

Sharrock's curator insight, February 20, 2014 12:32 PM

Resilience is one of the most important qualities our students need to build and develop. They encompass a lot of skills though. Many are listed in this article. 

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Can Leaders Build Trust? Leadership with Emotional Intelligence

Can Leaders Build Trust? Leadership with Emotional Intelligence | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Is it possible to build trust? What does it take for a leader to increase trust in a team? It starts with basic emotional intelligence skills and values.

Via Ariana Amorim, John Lasschuit ®™
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

Emotional intelligence and trust will be at the core.

John Thurlbeck, FCMI FRSA's comment, July 31, 2013 3:56 AM
Thanks Maria for your kind comment and for scooping a great article!
Ramiro Ponce's curator insight, August 2, 2013 12:05 PM

Model brave yet carefully communicated, integrity, walk your talk, deliver consistently on time, every time, and care genuinely for others. Build guts.

John Lasschuit ®™'s curator insight, August 3, 2013 3:01 PM

Yes, it is possible to build trust. If you have enough self confidence, you will be able to have confidence in others. That is the base for trust.

Rescooped by Ivon Prefontaine, PhD from Moral Education

Why you need emotional intelligence

Why you need emotional intelligence | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Dr Travis Bradberry explains the difference emotional intelligence makes in the workplace, and its role in success.

Via Sarantis Chelmis
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:
It helps us monitor ourselves and the world, including our interactions with other people. It is essential for teachers.
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Rescooped by Ivon Prefontaine, PhD from A Change in Perspective

Don’t Worry: Be Happy

Don’t Worry: Be Happy | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
What if You Didn’t Have to Worry About Yourself? Have you ever had people annoy you at work? Or maybe family members whose little habits bothered you? Have you been frustrated by a store clerk or waiter, or maybe another driver? What about frustration with your kid...

Via The BioSync Team, Bobby Dillard
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

Mindfulness is such a powerful way to live. It is simple, but difficult to be present. It helped me the last few years in the classroom and  dealing with the adults I worked with including those above me in the non-existent hierarchy in Parkland School Division

The BioSync Team's curator insight, March 29, 2014 6:52 PM

Interesting what happens when you free yourself from worry — practice brings liberation!

The BioSync Team's curator insight, March 30, 2014 10:38 PM

If only the people who worry about their liabilities would think about the riches they do possess, they would stop worrying.
—Dale Carnegie

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14 Signs You're Emotionally Intelligent

14 Signs You're Emotionally Intelligent | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Via Maria Rachelle
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

What does it mean to be a great leader? I think it is sign of emotional intelligence and so hard to define.

Gust MEES's curator insight, December 16, 2013 10:08 AM


Learn more:









Annie M Herbert's curator insight, December 16, 2013 9:45 PM

Sounds like a great place to start students understanding what their emotional intelligence is.  Need to convince students that emotional intelligence makes a difference.

What a quote:

"Your ability to concentrate on the work you're doing or your schoolwork, and to put off looking at that text or playing that video game until after you're done ... how good you are at that in childhood turns out to be a stronger predictor of your financial success in adulthood than either your IQ or the wealth of the family you grew up in,"

Another great quote:

When an emotionally intelligent person experiences a failure or setback, he or she is able to bounce back quickly. This is in part because of the ability to mindfully experience negative emotions without letting them get out of control, which provides a higher degree of resilience.

Charney Coaching & Consulting's curator insight, December 17, 2013 1:46 PM

How many of these signs do you see in those around you?