Interdisciplinary Commons: December 5, 2014

Interdisciplinary Commons

Leading with Emotional Intelligence

Friday, December 5, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. | Location:  125 Nolte Center (Nolte Library)
Workshop from 1:00 - 2:00pm; Q&A from 2:00 - 2:30pm


Kirk Froggatt, Gemini Chair in Technology Management, Technological Leadership Institute, College of Science and Engineering


Just as great technologies aren't successful without an effective business model, great professionals aren't necessarily going to be great leaders because of their technical (disciplinary) expertise alone.  In the past decade we've learned a lot about the role that emotional intelligence (EQ) plays as a complement to IQ in differentiating the best performers from the rest, especially in roles of moderate to high complexity.  If you are striving to differentiate yourself as a great leader of interdisciplinary teams and/or organizations, EQ is a key enabler of leadership effectiveness and organizational performance. In this workshop we’ll discuss why EQ is so important, explore how it impacts our success, and discuss a few simple but powerful practices we can adopt to enhance our own influence and impact in teams of all types.

Presentation materials:

Powerpoint Presentation (PDF)

Emotional Competence Framework (PDF)


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About the Presenter:

Kirk Froggatt holds the Gemini Chair in Technology Management at the University of Minnesota’s Technological Leadership Institute. Prior to joining TLI, Kirk spent 27 years in senior talent management, leadership development and organization effectiveness roles at HP, Silicon Graphics, Yahoo!, Agilent Technologies and Ecolab.  The common theme throughout Kirk’s career has been helping technical professionals become more effective innovation leaders who can lead interdisciplinary teams to translate technical ideas and IP into business models and customer solutions that create commercial and social value. He is passionate about helping UMN students become “t-shaped” professionals who develop BOTH disciplinary expertise AND the interpersonal, multidisciplinary and collaboration skills needed to influence and lead innovation and change initiatives.