Emotional Intelligence & Peak Performance

Learn about the framework for understanding and managing EQ, the tools for building EQ, and how to use the latest research.


There are no sections of this course currently scheduled. Please contact us for information about when this course will be offered again.

This class is part of the Leadership Program.

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Comments from Past Participants

"Well worth the time and expense... practical EQ requires an unusual mix of art and science, but managing one's emotions and connecting with others is critical in today's workplace."

About the Program

Emotions are contagious, they leak, they drive performance and motivation. Emotional Intelligence has become a proven concept in leadership circles over the years and there is a good reason why. Emotions matter. Period. More than 25 years of data demonstrate the importance of understanding and managing emotions in attentional focus, memory, learning, decision-making, judgment, relationship quality, physical health and mental health.


This interactive course will teach participants:

  • Learn the skills of recognizing and regulating emotion states in yourself and in others
  • Understand where they come from and which emotion state is best for the activity at hand
  • Learn how to harness the power of emotions for motivation and performance


In this course you'll get the research and the practical skill sets to use immediately at work and home. This course will help you boost resiliency to situational factors, reduce stress, as well as, enhance your communication and influence with others.

Program Faculty


Ernie Mendes

Dr. Ernie Mendes is an organizational psychologist, and an executive trainer. He has been providing training & development in the private and public sector since 1988, working with Managers, Scientists, Researchers, Law Enforcement, Educators, Engineers, Sales & Marketing Professionals, Corporate Trainers, Corporate Officers, Business Owners, and others. Dr. Mendes' diverse professional background includes a combined 23 years as a secondary and post-secondary educator and 11 years as a licensed psychotherapist in private practice. As an executive trainer for Rady, he is consistently rated as one of the top instructors.

Dr. Mendes holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology. He was one of the first to do a doctoral study on Emotional Intelligence (EI). He studied the relationship between E.I. and Occupational Burnout. His book Empty the Cup before You Fill It Up provides practical activities to build effective relationships at work and in a classroom setting using EI theory and neuroscience. His second book Engage 4 Learning uses four main brain systems to engage K-Adult learners in the classroom and in training settings.


*The Rady School of Management Center for Executive Development (CED) may change, postpone or cancel a class at any time.  We do not provide refunds for any fees related to travel, including but not limited to gas, bus fare, train tickets, airline tickets, etc.  Certificate requirements may also change. We will provide as much notice as possible should this occur.

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