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Emotional Intelligence

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Do you know what the qualities are of great leadership? What characteristics do good leaders in business consistently show?

This lesson is based on an article by Daniel Goleman, which was published in the Harvard Business Review, in which he uncovers those elements that put some people ahead of the rest - in business, politics and life. The key factor is emotional intelligence. The article covers the five important components that contribute towards our emotional intelligence i.e. self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skill. And the best news of all is that we can all improve in these areasJ

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This lesson plan is suitable for upper-intermediate, advanced and proficiency level English (B2, C1 and C2).

Language Focus

The lesson starts with some questions for the students to consider, followed by a presentation that the students need to put together on the characteristics that they think good leaders exhibit (for some ideas on how to teach the students to give presentations, look at my Giving a Presentation Lesson).

The students are then given the introduction of the text to read, so that they can establish that according to the author, it's emotional intelligence that puts some people a cut above the rest. The article then expands on the five important aspects of emotional intelligence, and the students each get a segment to read which they can then share with the rest of the class.

The students can then have fun as they roleplay an assessment scenario, where they have to analyze each other'semotional intelligence, while practising the use of indirect questions (for a full grammar presentation, have a look at Indirect Questions).

The lesson then concludes with some vocabulary and idioms on the subject of emotions.

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