Student Leadership Programs

The Office of Student Life has partnered with the Society of Emotional Intelligence to offer an Emotional Intelligence (EI) Leadership Program during the Spring 2015 semester at Meharry Medical College. The goal of the program is to foster emotional health of our students by enhancing the qualities that constitute an effective leader.


All enrolled Meharry Medical College student may apply. Applications for the Spring 2015 Pilot Program are closed. Ten Meharry Medical College students were selected to participate in the Emotional Intelligence Student Leadership Pilot Program. Applications will re-open in the Fall of 2015 for additional students to apply.


Emotional Intelligence in the News
Below are links to articles that directly or indirectly relate to emotional intelligence and how students can become better professionals by enhancing those characteristics that relate to emotional intelligence.


Gallup: What Too Many Hospitals are Overlooking

  • Engaged physicians are more productive
  • Hospitals need a more direct approach to engaging doctors
  • Physician engagement drives hospital performance


“In the Long Run, EQ (emotional quotient) Trumps IQ (intelligence quotient). Without being a source of energy for others, very little can be accomplished.”
~ Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella


Emotional Intelligence: A New Requirement for Physicians

Physicians who understand patient-centeredness and caring behaviors can help hospitals to prevent medical errors, avoid litigation and reduce staff churn.


Does the physician’s emotional intelligence matter? Impacts of the physician’s emotional intelligence on the trust, patient-physician relationship, and satisfaction.


Subject Matter and Time Commitment

The assessment that will be used for the program examines EI in the following 15 areas. Based on data from accepted applicants and other data available on campus, we will focus on 3 – 5 of the following areas in the pilot program.

  • Self-Regard
  • Emotional Self-Awareness
  • Assertiveness
  • Independence
  • Self-Actualization
  • Empathy
  • Social Responsibility
  • Interpersonal Relationships (encompasses Conflict Management/Resolution)
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Impulse Control
  • Reality Testing
  • Flexibility
  • Problem Solving
  • Optimism
  • Happiness

EI in Higher Education Brochure


Monthly seminars and online modules will be used to enhance the lessons discussed in the seminars. An estimate of approximately 4 – 10 hours a month is needed to fully engage in the program. Below you will find information from the Society of Emotional Intelligence about the initial training session.

Society of Emotional Intelligence for Leaders


Emotional Intelligence has become a crucial part in how today’s leaders meet the challenges they face daily. Emotional Intelligence skills are integral to decision making, empathizing with co-workers and friends, communicating vision to staff, overcoming challenging workplace situations, and staying resilient.


Emotional Intelligence for Leaders improves leaders’ ability to excel in increasingly difficult and complex leadership roles. Emotional Intelligence (or EI) encompasses qualities that go beyond general intellectual intelligence and technical competency. Managers who maintain accurate self-awareness have more attributes of emotional intelligence and appear to be more effective to their superiors and subordinates.


The central finding of EI research is that emotions are essentially contagious, and thus a leader’s attitude and energy can “infect” a workplace either for better or for worse. The hallmarks of a true leader can be acquired and when they are, they can significantly impact employee performance. This valuable seminar delivers the in-depth knowledge and practical emotional intelligence skills you need to ensure that you are a strong, emotionally intelligent leader.

The initial training session will involve a consultant from the Society of Emotional Intelligence. The objectives of the initial training are listed below.



  • Provide an in depth look at EI, the value of enhancing this skill for personal and organizational performance.
  • Obtain an accurate assessment of your current emotional intelligence using the EQ-I Higher Ed©
  • Assess and discuss your current leadership style and the application of EI.
  • Understand how emotions can influence thoughts, behavior, goals, decision–making, and work/personal relationships.
  • Discuss the application of emotional intelligence to leadership functions.
  • Practice applying EI to real world leadership situations.
  • Establish an action plan to continue applying EI skills in the workplace.