How to screen leadership candidates for emotional intelligence

How important is it to interview executive leadership candidates for emotional intelligence when recruiting?

Any executive search firm provides detailed information on each candidate’s career history, their reasons for leaving prior employers, and their most applicable career accomplishments, as well as the recruiter’s insights into each candidate.

After reading through the extensive candidate profile that Laura Fries, managing director and executive vice president of Baker Tilly’s Executive Search practice, provides her clients, she’s often asked for interview questions to help them really understand the candidates and dig further into their match for four emotional intelligence competencies:

1. Self-awareness

2. Self-management

3. Social awareness

4. Relationship management

Read Laura’s article here  >>

How Do I Become A Facial Expression Expert?

Paul EkmanOne of the purposes of my blog is to bring you information on current research that is going on in the field of emotions.

Paul Ekman Ph.D. is a pre-eminent psychologist and a co-discoverer of micro expressions with Friesen, Haggard and Isaacs. In 2009, Ekman was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME Magazine. He became interested in facial expression in 1965. After studying nonverbal behavior in Papua New Guinea in 1967 and 1968, his research provided the strongest evidence to date that Darwin, not Margaret Mead, was correct in claiming facial expressions are universal. 

Dr. Ekman then developed, with W. Friesen, the first and only comprehensive tool for objectively measuring facial movement – the Facial Action Coding System (FACS), published in 1978, and revised in 2003 with J. Hager as third author. FACS remains the gold standard for identifying any movement the face can make, free of interpretive inferences

Emotions RevealedWhen he retired from the University of California in 2004, after more than thirty years as a full professor, Ekman decided to translate his research findings into resources that could be of help to the general public. He formed the Paul Ekman Group, PEG LLC, and authored his book: Emotions Revealed: Understanding Faces and Feelings to Improve Emotional Life.

In his book Ekman asks: Can we choose whether to become emotionally engaged, and how we act when we are? He explains why these choices are difficult and  how to identify and respond to the emotions shown by others. Buy Ekman’s book here. Look for the Emotional Health tag.

Ekman has written a blog post to find out which courses and universities are best equipped to promote a career in becoming an expert in facial expressions and emotion. The answer to this question depends on what level of education you are seeking, and what topic interests you. To help you on your journey, he has put together a series of short answers. You can review them here.

Let me know what you think about Ekman’s work with micro-expressions in the “Speak Your Mind” section below.

Motivation Assessment

What it Is

The Genos Employee Motivation Program is a unique model and assessment of motivation, combined with inspiring development programs that lift levels of employee engagement.

How it is Used

  1. To improve employee engagement. Our motivation assessment and development programs improve employee engagement by creating greater awareness of motivation and greater alignment between what people are motivated by and what they do at work.
  2. To develop leadership. Our Motivating and Engaging Your Team program improves leaders’ understanding of engagement and how to lift the engagement of the people they lead by better understanding what individually motivates them. High levels of employee engagement are most quickly and efficiently achieved when leaders facilitate an individualized approach to it. This in part is what our motivation solution is – a development program for leaders comprising an assessment, process and tool kit that helps them understand motivation at an individual level and increase employee engagement on that basis.
  3. Team building. Organizations provide teams the assessment and a development program to help them understand each other’s motivations and how to work best with each other on that basis.

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

In this quick but powerful video, world-renowned business thought-leader and executive coach Dr. Marshall Goldsmith reveals an important truth about change in business.

Use it in both your own coaching practice and to help your clients. Don’t assume the behavior that got you to your present level is going to get you to the next level.

Are you ready to change your behavior? Tell me which behavior you will change to take you to the next level in the comments below.

Join Marshall and other speakers at the World Business and Executive Coach Summit 2013  >>

3rd Annual World Business and Executive Coach Summit


Dr-Marshall-GoldsmithDr. Marshall Goldsmith was recently recognized as the #1 leadership thinker in the world and the #7 business thinker in the world at the bi-annual Thinkers 50 ceremony sponsored by the Harvard Business Review.  He is the million-selling author or editor of 31 books, including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers, MOJO and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There – a WSJ #1 business book and winner of the Harold Longman Award for Business Book of the Year.  His books have been translated into 28 languages and become bestsellers in eight countries. Contact Marshal at Leading News.

Building Leadership For Health

Dr. Peter Salovey, Yale University Provost, speaks at the 2010 Global Health Leadership Institute (GHLI) Conference, Building Leadership for Health held at Yale University. He extends an official University welcome and shares remarks on the psychology of leadership, drawing on his expertise in emotional intelligence and leadership.

If you’re thinking about becoming an Emotional Leader, then you need to understand your emotional leadership habits will be very different to what you’re accustomed to using. This is pretty much guaranteed for people who have adopted conditioned responses to events.

Make sure you check out this website on a frequent basis to see all of the new additions to Emotional Leadership.

For research on emotional intelligence, click here.