In today’s rapidly evolving educational landscape, school leaders are tasked with navigating complex challenges that extend far beyond academic instruction. Now, more than ever, they need to foster a supportive and inclusive environment where students can flourish socially, emotionally, and academically. Emotional intelligence plays a pivotal role in achieving this.

Emotional Intelligence For School Leaders Authored by Dr. Janet Patti and Dr. Robin Stern

STAR Factor Coaching introduces, “Emotional Intelligence For School Leaders”

This profoundly insightful work by Dr. Janet Patti and Dr. Robin Stern advocates for the importance of social-emotional learning (SEL) as an integral skill set for K-12 school leaders. The authors offer coaching and guidance on the integration of emotional intelligence into leadership practices.

Drawing upon modern research from psychology and education, along with their combined 40 years of experience in the domains of SEL and leadership training, Patti and Stern illuminate the myriad benefits of SEL-focused professional development for superintendents, principals, and aspiring school leaders.

How does “Emotional Intelligence for School Leaders” propose to integrate emotional intelligence into leadership practices?

Research shows that SEL not only leads to improved academic performance but also contributes to healthy well-being, safe school environments, and positive lifetime outcomes. Therefore, integrating emotional intelligence into educational leadership is not just beneficial, but essential.

Emotional Intelligence for School Leaders outlines key SEL skills, such as mindfulness, self-management, relationship building, and conflict resolution, and details how each can be applied in a leadership context. The book features case studies of numerous successful educational leaders who incorporate positive psychology into their work, providing insights into the strategies they employ to cultivate and utilize their SEL skills.

Janet and Robin hope that this book will provide an avenue for school leaders to be inspired by the colleagues they meet on its pages. The more school leaders come on board, the greater the potential of impacting the course of humanity’s future.

About The Authors

Dr. Janet Patti co-authored the book, Emotional Intelligence For School Leaders

Dr. Janet Patti

Janet Patti is a Professor Emeritus at Hunter College School of Education, where her teaching and research focused on educational leadership. Currently, Janet is the CEO of STAR Factor Coaching of NYC. STAR Factor's work in emotionally intelligent leadership development is well-known by many superintendents and principals of NYC schools. We began our work in 2004 and since then we have trained 44 superintendents and deputy superintendents and over 450 administrators.

Dr. Robin Stern

Dr. Robin Stern is the co-founder and Senior Advisor to the Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. She is also a licensed psychoanalyst with 30 years of experience. Robin is one of the co-creators of the STAR Factor Coaching model, which aids educational leaders in enhancing their emotional intelligence skills.

Early Praise And Reviews On "Emotional Intelligence For School Leaders"

“Having been in the leadership research and development field for over fifty years, I am seldom awed. This book is a ‘wow’ experience. I felt like Charlie finding the golden ticket to enter Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory! I wish the faculty and administration at my university would read this book!”
Richard boyatzis review of Emotional Intelligence For School Leaders By Dr. Janet Patti and Dr. Robin Stern
Richard E. Boyatzis
Professor, Theorist, Expert On Leadership Development and Emotional intelligence
“This is a comprehensive guide to an indispensable and often overlooked element in leadership development. Understanding the historical, current, and purposeful context of emotional intelligence and how it influences and impacts every aspect of a school leader’s role and ultimate success is key to highly effective leadership.”
Dawn Brooks DeCosta
Deputy superintendent, Harlem Community School District 5