Leading Innovation Teams with Emotional Intelligence: a "Peer to Peer Master Class"


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At its best, innovation is a group effort. What's challenging is the creation of a team that fosters innovative thought and execution. The Hatchery was fortunate to be able to bring in Anusha Tanneru, President of OxSAPA, and Amy Xia, President of OxHeard, to have them share their insights on leading teams with emotional intelligence, a central aspect of leading innovation teams.

At its best, innovation is a group effort. What's challenging is the creation of a team that fosters innovative thought and execution. The Hatchery was fortunate to be able to bring in Anusha Tanneru, President of OxSAPA, and Amy Xia, President of OxHeard, to have them share their insights on leading teams with emotional intelligence, a central aspect of leading innovation teams. 

Using their own experience as club leaders, Anusha and Amy shared helpful reminders and concepts for leading with compassion. A theme throughout the presentation was the importance of vulnerability and communication for teams. For the success of their clubs, they have found that it is necessary for both leaders and team members to be able to express how they are really doing and for the team to be able to lean on each other and collaborate around shared goals and capacity issues. Equally important was their urging that leaders have compassion for themselves. It is vital for leaders to acknowledge the challenges they are facing and not burden themselves with challenges that could actually be shared. 

The whole session was full of useful insights and examples. If you missed the session, you can view the recording here.  To stay up to date on all The Hatchery's programs, subscribe to their newsletter.

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