The Emotionally Effective Leader


Emotional Intelligence is a cornerstone of a leader’s ability to build and sustain an engaged, high performing team.

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Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence (EI) is proven to be a key indicator of human performance and development. People higher in EI communicate effectively, form strong relationships, and create powerful coping strategies. As for leaders, those with higher EI skills are more likely to demonstrate personal integrity, manage their impulses while still taking risks, be empathetic without losing sight of their own emotional needs, be an effective communicator, easily build rapport and inspire others. EI is a cornerstone of a leader’s ability to build and sustain an engaged, high performing team.

You may have a formal or informal leadership position; you may be a relatively new or a very seasoned leader. The question is, do you want to be a more effective leader? This workshop is for anyone who is interested in developing their leadership capacity. Alternating between group activities and individual reflective exercises, this engaging two-session workshop encourages leaders to focus on their leadership strengths and areas they can develop further.

As a component of this workshop, you will complete a personal EQ-i 2.0 emotional intelligence assessment and receive a personalized EQ-i 2.0 Leadership Report. This report examines your assessment results through the four key dimensions of leadership (Authenticity, Coaching, Insight, and Innovation) and provides a comparison against top leaders as a benchmark. The report also contains insights on the possible implications of the assessment results, and which skills have the highest potential of becoming leadership derailers. Personalized strategies for development are provided for each emotional intelligence skillset, with the goal of supporting your pursuit and attainment of your true leadership potential.

As a result of this workshop you will:

  • Describe the role of emotional intelligence in effective leadership
  • Describe your emotional intelligence strengths and areas with opportunity for growth
  • Identify how aspects of emotional intelligence can lead to derailing behaviors
  • Identify ways to maximize your leadership potential
  • Apply what you’ve learned in this workshop through your personal EQ-i 2.0 learning plan

What Our Attendees Have to Say

This has been one of the best workshops I've ever participated in (virtual and live). It was helpful and the format with the break-out groups was supportive of thought and conversation.

 – June 2021 Participant

This workshop energized me as a leader. I was able to develop a better vocabulary to identify both my areas for growth and to speak to my team about that. I leave this workshop with so many ideas to bring back to my team.

– June 2021 Participant

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Instructor: Judy Baxter, MA

 Associate Clinical Professor, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, School of Medicine, Barbara Davis Center

Judith (Judy) Baxter, retired at the end of 2022 from the University of Colorado- Anschutz Medical Campus, School of Medicine and Colorado School of Public Health, after 40 years, where she was an Associate Professor focused on teaching and research.

As part of the RIHEL team since its inception, Judy continues to learn from participants, alumni and colleagues. Her most recent foci in RIHEL programs has been on leading the collaboration thread and supporting the emotional intelligence and coaching threads in ALTP, as well as co-leading workshops in Team Intelligence, Leading Team’s Virtually and The Emotionally Effective Leader. Her growth edge is to look critically at how our leadership workshops can be infused with thoughtful application of a Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) mindset.

In her Life Part 2, Judy continues to be part of the RIHEL team, as well as her established coaching practice focused on supporting individuals and organizations to find their highest goals and build/sustain high performance teams. Her coaching philosophy embraces practices that support the development of mindful awareness, positive intelligence and emotional/social intelligence. She is active in the Denver community by serving on several boards and working as a volunteer therapy team with her dog Piper. Judy hopes to further her cooking, writing and fly-fishing skills that will combine with new travel adventures, all with family and friends.

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Leanne Jeffers, MPH, ACC, CMC

 Program Director, Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership

Leanne Jeffers, MPH, PCC is the Director of Coaching Services and the Leadership for Healthy Community Design (LHCD) Program at the Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership (RIHEL). For over 30 years, Leanne has worked in the health and public health sectors, with an emphasis on professional development, coaching, healthy community design, community health, and health promotion. Leanne earned her Master of Public Health from the University of California Los Angeles, her Professional Certified Coach designation from the International Coaching Federation and is a graduate of both the National Public Health Leadership Institute and the RIHEL Advanced Leadership Training Program.

As the Director of RIHEL’s Coaching Services, Leanne manages the coaching programs within RIHEL’s comprehensive leadership programs, oversees RIHEL’s personal coaching services, and directs the Coaching Academy, an accredited coach training program. Since 2000, she has been coaching individuals and groups and training others to be peer and professional coaches.

Additionally, Leanne is a core faculty member for RIHEL’s comprehensive leadership programs and a lead RIHEL trainer, delivering a variety of workshops for organizations and professional associations around the U.S. She is a a certified facilitator of The Leadership Challenge Workshop, and a certified administrator for both the EQ-i 2.0 emotional intelligence assessment and the Influence Style Indicator. Leanne also offers mental fitness training and coaching through the Positive Intelligence (PQ) framework.

Since starting with RIHEL in 2003, Leanne has also managed the RIHEL Advanced Leadership Training Program (ALTP), coordinated Emergency Preparedness training for public and environmental health professionals, and provided training, facilitation and coaching to build professional and community capacity in the area of healthy community design. Leanne served on the Denver Regional Council of Governments Metro Vision Planning Advisory Committee for two years (2012-2014), was on the Governing Board of Directors for WalkDenver for five years (2015 – 2019; Chair 2017-2019) and is serving her second year as a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee with the Colorado Chapter of the International Coaching Federation.

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Janna West Kowalski, MS, ACC

 West Kowalski Consulting and Coaching

Janna West Kowalski has more than 25 years of experience leading, coaching, and training in government, health, non-profit and academic sectors. She currently serves as a Faculty member and Coach for the Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership (RIHEL) and with Blue Mesa Coaching. Additionally, Janna is an International Coach Federation (ICF) accredited coach and works with leaders and emerging leaders to achieve their personal and professional development goals.

Previously, Janna provided training and development with County Health Rankings & Roadmaps and the Center for Public Health Practice at the Colorado School of Public Health. She also spent nine years working in local public health and continues this commitment to her community by serving on the Larimer County Board of Health.

Janna received a Master of Science from Oregon State University’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences and a Bachelor of Science from Colorado State University.

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