Bill Benjamin

Bill Benjamin is a training and leadership expert at the Institute for Health and Human Potential.  He is a contributor to the New York Times best-selling book Performing Under Pressure. Bill is a highly sought-after speaker and media contributor on the topics of emotional intelligence and performing under pressure.  Bill trains groups who work in high-pressure environments, including the U.S. Marines, Intel, NASA, Goldman Sachs and Surgeons

Emotional Intelligence

As a CEO, are you investing in the development of Emotional Intelligence in your organization? If not, your competitors probably are.

Recently, there has been a resurgence in the popularity of Emotional Intelligence as evidenced in magazines articles – including Time, Inc. Magazine, Forbes, the Harvard Business Review and many more. In addition, the number of times the term Emotional Intelligence is being searched on Google has increased steadily over the past 3 years.

Four Lessons CEO's Have Taught Me

In my role at the Institute for Health and Human Potential, I've had the pleasure of meeting many CEO’s.  Some are from small companies with 400-500 employees, and some very large companies with over 200,000 employees. 

There are many factors that go into the gender pay gap and the lack of gender diversity in senior leadership teams of most major organizations.    While there are many cultural, historical and structural reasons for this, the idea of limiting beliefs is one that Michelle Thomas, the Global Leader of Inclusion and Diversity at MARS, believes is one of the most significant reasons.

Being a 14-year-old girl attending her first day of high school is one of the highest-pressure situations anyone can face.  How do I know this?  Because I am the brother of two sisters who went through it and the father of a 14-year-old girl who started high school today.

emotional intelligence leadership

Research at the Harvard Business School has shown that Emotional Intelligence (EQ) – the ability to manage our own emotions and connect to the emotions of others – counts for twice as much as IQ and technical skills combined in determining who will be successful in their career and in life.  This is true if you are a CEO, the VP of Sales or Finance, or an individual contributor. 

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