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Empowering Women in Business Using Emotional Intelligence

2/10/2006 --

A seminar hosted by the Women’s Initiative program encourages students to discover their emotional competencies and leadership styles.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—It takes more than technical expertise and a degree to become a successful leader in the business world. Understanding and applying principles of emotional intelligence will also increase your chances of success.

Manya Arond-Thomas, a physician and certified business, leadership and life coach, delivered that message to students at a Feb. 3 seminar hosted by the Women’s Initiative at the Ross School of Business.

"The most powerful tool you have is self awareness and personal development," she said. "Emotional intelligence is the capacity for recognizing our own feelings and those of others, for motivating ourselves and managing emotions effectively in ourselves and others."

Seminar attendees completed two self-assessment surveys to create their emotional competency profile and determine their leadership style. The results were used to create an individual action plan for "emotional learning" and self-improvement.

Arond-Thomas identified self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management as the building blocks of emotional competency. A solid emotional competency creates a favorable setting for managing employees and resolving conflicts. The emotionally intelligent leader can affect the company’s bottom line and is more likely to achieve both career and personal satisfaction, she said.

She then described six leadership styles: commanding, visionary, affiliative, democratic, pacesetting and coaching. Each leadership style has strengths and weaknesses and is not mutually exclusive. Knowing which type of leader you are and which type of leader you want to be can create positive change in the workplace.

Participants met in small groups to discuss their emotional competencies and leadership styles and provide each other with recommendations for meeting their goals of self-improvement.

The Women’s Initiative supports the women of Ross by providing special programming, events and counseling services for students on how to get ahead in business. The Women’s Initiative sponsors the Michigan Business Women student organization and the Women’s Council for alumni involvement. For more information, please visit:

For more information, contact:
Adrienne Losh
Phone: (734) 615-5068