Guest Post by Akaya Windwood via Rockwood Leadership Institute. Akaya is President of Rockwood Leadership Institute. Her vision for our global community includes infusing a sense of purpose, delight and wonder into everything we do.

Emotional Intelligence, the ability to, “identify, assess, and control the emotions of oneself, of others, and of groups,” is a crucial skill for all leaders. In this 2:30 minute Cafe Impact video, six social change leaders talk with show host, Jonathan Lewis, about the importance of emotional intelligence.

As Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, the Founder and Director of Akili Dada says in the piece:

I don’t think you add value to the world by being unsafe, by being hungry, and by being so miserable that the people you purport to help would rather you were not in their lives.  Do you know what I mean?

You then pass on that burden that you’re carrying on to others. You don’t give a gift to others. And so you negate the value that you add to the world, and I really think that you should live to give a gift to others.

In the video, you’ll hear from:



Why do you think it’s important for organizations to  invest in their staffs’ emotional intelligence skills?