Emotional intelligence
for scientists

IQ + EI = better science

Many people understand Emotional Intelligence (EI) as self-awareness, showing empathy and self-control. These are important elements, but it’s much more too. The range of EI skills includes the ability to deliver difficult feedback, the courage to ruffle feathers and drive change, and the creativity to think outside the box. It involves the ability to understand and manage yourself so that you can build positive working relationships and influence others.

Research has shown that scientific training doesn’t always provide opportunities for developing EI, and many scientists naturally prefer a task- rather than a people-focused approach at work. This can make them excellent at the science – objective, independent and detail-focused – but it can become problematic when they move into leadership and are expected to take a more supportive, pastoral role.

This workshop helps scientists to build their awareness of how their actions impact on their colleagues, to understand how to adapt to different situations and people, and to know when to support – and challenge – those they work with in order to get the best from them. It is ideal for scientists in team, lab or senior leadership roles.

What participants will learn

This intensive session has been designed to have maximum practical impact in a short time. The topics covered include:

  1. The Basics of Emotional Intelligence
  • Establishing a common definition of Emotional Intelligence (EI)
  • The research case for EI – the link between EI and success
  • The emotional competence framework – 4 core areas and 12 competencies of EI
  1. Self-awareness – the Key to Emotional Intelligence
  • The importance of accurate self-assessment
  • The difference between our intention and our behaviour
  • Balancing your brain’s internal advisors: Emotional, rational, intuitive and instinctive
  • Strategies to increase self-awareness
  1. Ways to become a more emotionally intelligent scientist
  • Expanding your range of behaviours for personal effectiveness
  • Achieving greater control and flexibility of your emotional responses
  • How to handle feelings like frustration, anger, pessimism and envy
  • Being a ‘mood hoover’ or a ‘radiator’
  • Using the Circle of Control to manage your energy
  • Determining your strengths and areas for improvement
  • Understanding your natural leadership or communication style
  • Developing a flexible leadership or communication style
  1. Action planning
  • Identifying steps to develop your EI in practice

Optional 360˚ assessment of Emotional Intelligence
Delegates also have the option to complete a 360˚ assessment on Emotional Intelligence. This includes a full report, action points and ways to increase Emotional Intelligence, plus a one-to-one coaching session with one of our experienced coaches before the training course.

Delivery formats

This training can be delivered virtually worldwide, or as a traditional classroom course for UK-based clients.

In either format, the training is intensive, packed with tools and tips, and highly engaging, equipping participants with the knowledge and skills to make immediate improvements to their communication, influence and relationships at work.

If you have a group of colleagues who could benefit from the EI for Scientists training course, we can deliver a session for your organisation at a time that suits you. Whether you choose a virtual or a classroom delivery, the content can be adapted to the needs and circumstance of your group to ensure we meet their needs head-on.

About us

For twenty years, we have been helping STEM organisations in the UK, Europe and North America to develop the leadership capabilities and professional skills of their new, aspiring and experienced managers.

Cambridge Exec has worked with a huge range of scientific organisations, both within the Cambridge STEM Cluster and far beyond. Our clients include some of the world’s most well-known companies, universities, government bodies and NGOs. 

Get in touch...

If you have a question, would like a quote, or would like to arrange a call to explore how our training could work for you, please get in touch.

For an accurate quote, please provide the following information:

  • How many delegates you would like to attend the training
  • Whether you would like the course delivered face-to-face or virtually
  • Where you are based (if face-to-face delivery is preferred)

You can reach us by email or call us on 0845 2260624.