Last month, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and the SWE Toronto affiliate, in partnership with Engineers Canada and Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) hosted an event for engineering students, engineering graduates and professional engineers. The interactive event focused on emotional intelligence in the workplace and in our personal lives. Participants gained skills and training on communication styles, listening, and connecting with their colleagues.
The workshop's speaker was Aleen Bayard, a faculty member at Northwestern University, where she teaches courses related to leadership, culture and change management. In her consulting practice, Bayard works with leaders and teams to optimize their performance. She combines a rare mix of consulting expertise, academic rigor and personal development approaches to inspire and guide participants through career-changing — and life-changing — transformations. Baryard has been a longtime partner with SWE developing programs and curriculum on a global basis.
Great start to the @SWEtalk workshop here in Toronto! @karenfongchan from @swedurhamca , @Leila_Kheradpir from @O_S_P_E , Lola Hildago from @EngineersCanada and Evangeline Philos from SWE Toronto welcome the group. #womeninengineering pic.twitter.com/2bV1ncfLIx
— SWE Toronto (@SWE_Toronto) November 17, 2018
Understanding the Impact of Emotional Intelligence
The very skills and training that equip engineers and other technology professionals to be successful in solving technical problems can often interfere with the ability to foster the relationships needed to advance in one’s career. Research shows that effective leaders and managers possess critical people skills related to communication, listening, and the ability to connect with their colleagues. Participants were exposed to the fundamentals of emotional intelligence during the workshop through several one-on-one and small group exercises.
The workshop explored:
- The strengths and limitations of your personal communication style
- How to use inquiry rather than advocacy in problem-solving with colleagues
- Best practices for providing feedback
- Effective tools to identify and manage emotions in the workplace