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  • DuBois Shaw emphasized the positive role of emotional vulnerability-of being real-in leadership. As an example, she talked about Gerald Ford’s public display of sorrow in the midst of Betty Ford’s battle with cancer. While this display was initially met with criticism, it went on to have a profound impact: in response to the Fords’ candid, emotional discussion of Betty’s illness, the number of American women undergoing breast cancer screening significantly increased.
  • David Brooks suggested that there is a pressing need for leaders who can help transition a white dominant world into a more diverse one-in a manner which preserves the ‘social fabric’ and minimizes conflict, enmity, and loneliness.
  • Elizabeth Kiss highlighted the link between emotional intelligence and a collaborative approach to problem-solving. Leaders who lack a strong EQ will find it difficult to navigate the diversity that is part and parcel of a more synergistic, inter-disciplinary approach to problem-solving. Additionally, she lamented that many aspiring leaders tend to focus on the huge challenges in the world at the expense of introspection and coming into a mature self-knowledge. She thus underscored the need for serious reflection on one’s gifts and sense of calling, as well as those issues with which one is especially concerned. This process will ultimately enhance the effectiveness of our leadership and guard us from burn-out when the going gets tough.

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