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Deepening Your Emotional Intelligence Through Mindfulness

Teacher: Shanil Haricharan
Cost: 2 day's accommodation + R300 surcharge
Dates: Friday 04 October 2019 - Sunday 06 October 2019

 dr.shanil haricharanResearch on emotional intelligence (EI or EQ) suggests that a person’s ability to perceive, identify and manage their emotions is essential to making good decisions, taking optimal action to solve problems and coping with change. According to Daniel Goleman, emotionally intelligent people are aware of their own emotions (self-awareness) and they effectively manage their emotions (self-management). In addition, they are aware of the emotions of others (social awareness) and are adept at managing the emotions of others (relationship management). Each one of us can acquire and improve our EI - an essential part of our personal development. Self-awareness - EI competence - cultivates our empathy, and nurtures our compassion and caring. Furthermore, the subject of mindfulness has received huge interest from practitioners and researchers alike, with a growing body of research linking mindfulness to cognitive, physiological, and psychological benefits. Interestingly, current research shows a positive relationship between mindfulness and the development of emotional intelligence competencies. This interactive retreat supports participants in their personal development journey through gaining insights into emotional intelligence and mindfulness, and behaviour that positively impacts their well-being and relationships.

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Shanil Haricharan is an associate professor at UCT’s Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance where he convenes the public leadership course on the MPhil programme in development policy and teaches emotional intelligence and leadership. He is currently a director at Ilifa Labantwana, an early childhood development NGO. For the past 13 years he served as  a senior advisor on public management, leadership and organisational culture at the National Treasury. He received a BSc (Medical/Life Sciences, Wits), an Advanced University Diploma in Adult Education (Natal), a MBA (UCT), and a PhD (Stellenbosch). His doctoral research focused on emotional intelligence, public leadership and organisational culture. He also completed the Gestalt International Organisation and Human Systems Development Programme at the Gestalt International Study Centre, Cleaveland, USA.