55 Plus Lecture: The Emotionally Intelligent Leader

Date:  January 3, 2019
Topic:  The Emotionally Intelligent Leader
Speaker:  Cary Cherniss, Emeritus Professor of Applied Psychology at Rutgers University, and Director and Co-chair of the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations

Cognitive intelligence or "IQ" was once considered the leading psychological determinant of effective leadership.  Personality traits such as extroversion also were seen as important.  However, more recent research, as well as practical experience, suggests that "emotional intelligence" may be even more vital.  So what is it?  How important is it really for leadership effectiveness?  And can we help current or potential leaders become more emotionally intelligent?  Cary Cherniss will help us learn more about these issues. 
Cary Cherniss is Emeritus Professor of Applied Psychology, Rutgers University, and Director and Co-chair of the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations.  He received his Ph.D. in Psychology from Yale University in 1972.  He went on to teach at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor until 1980, when he left academia for three years to develop and direct the Management and Organizational Development program at the Illinois Institute for Developmental Disabilities.  In 1983, he came to Rutgers University where he helped create the doctoral program in Organizational Psychology at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology.  Both an organizational and community psychologist, Dr. Cherniss specializes in the areas of emotional intelligence, work stress and burnout, leadership development, and planned organizational change.  He has published over 70 scholarly articles and book chapters on these topics as well as seven books, including The Emotionally Intelligent Workplace (Jossey-Bass, with Daniel Goleman), Promoting Emotional Intelligence in Organizations: Guidelines for Practitioners (American Society for Training and Development, with Mitchel Adler), and Beyond Burnout: Helping Teachers, Nurses, Therapists, and Lawyers Recover from Stress and Disillusionment(Routledge).  His research has been funded by several sources, including the National Institute of Mental Health and the U.S. Office of Population Affairs.