Newsletter May 2024

Dear business partners, colleagues, clients, and friends,

Welcome to the May 2024 edition of my newsletter, “Leading Yourselves and Others.” The goal of the newsletter is to share knowledge, new research findings, and tools with you. The content is designed to support you in the multiple roles many of us have in life – as a manager, colleague, team member, friend, partner …. Why? Because change is inevitable. Growth is optional.

If you have content suggestions for this quarterly newsletter, I welcome your ideas and questions. As you scroll through the posts below, I hope you find one that is meaningful and helpful and perhaps even triggers a growth spurt in you.

Thank you for reading!
Whitney Breer

Emotional Intelligence Leadership – Does it make leaders appear weak and vulnerable?

In the last decade, I have never met a leader who has not heard of emotional intelligence. In fact, when participants see it on the agenda, they all seem to nod knowingly. Yet, I have not met many who actually know how to use EI effectively on the job. This article is designed to tell you about the advantages and, yes, dangers of Emotional Intelligence Leadership and share a few tips with you regarding how to use it effectively on the job.

2023 Study on Leadership: Self-Reflection and Feedback are Essential

This research explored the leadership Knowing-Doing Gap, which is defined as a discrepancy between managers’ leadership knowing and the extent to which they transfer it into leadership doing. The researchers analyzed 65 critical incidents from interviews with 22 managers in leadership roles across various organizational levels in the United Kingdom.

Building a Team Brick-by-Brick

I will be the first to admit that when I was invited to join the trainer certification for Lego® Serious Play in October 2023, I was very skeptical. In fact, I had some serious doubts. The only contact I had with Legos while growing up was when I (painfully) stepped on them when my brothers left them on the plush carpet at our house.

Welcome to the Team: Stefanie Heuer

We are honored to have Stefanie Heuer enriching our team with her experience, expertise, and passion for people. With a Bachelor’s in Marketing and a Master’s in Sales and Marketing, Steffi has over 15 years of business experience in a wide variety of industries. She is a certified coach in multiple fields and certified for many of the tools […]

What’s in the Pipeline

Starting in July 2024, a new resiliency program will be rolled out. We are integrating a validated instrument that can measure a person’s subjective perception of their personal resilience on three main scales, each with three sub-scales (= 9 scales total). The computer-generated results and diagrams & charts help clients […]

The Human Growth Compass, an instrument that I developed and validated for my Ph.D., will be rolled out in June and highlighted in the next newsletter. This instrument measures the psychosocial maturity of individuals […]