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Dec 20, 2022

Although emotional intelligence is important in developing positive relationships, it is only one piece of the puzzle. Some of the factors that contribute to long-lasting relationships are establishing rapport, developing trust, and embracing inclusivity or diversity.

In this episode, Dr. Adam C. Bandelli talks about his research on the pros and cons of emotional intelligence and how this can make or break your relationships. He then introduces the concept of relational intelligence, going through each of its five essential skills. 

Relational intelligence, sometimes referred to as social intelligence, is the capacity to perceive, understand, and navigate emotions in oneself and others, and to use this awareness to effectively communicate and interact with others.

Dr. Bandelli, emphasizes that by developing your relational intelligence, you can improve your communication skills, build strong relationships, and effectively navigate social situations.

Founder and Managing Director of Bandelli & Associates, Dr. Adam C. Bandelli is an organizational psychologist and seasoned leadership advisor with over twenty years of corporate consulting experience. In his latest book, "Relational Intelligence," he details the five essential skills he has found to create life-changing relationships. Adam received his Ph.D. and master’s degree from the University of South Florida and now runs Bandelli & Associates, where he and his consultants help their clients unleash their true leadership potential.

Check out the transcript of this episode on Dr. Jessica Higgin's website.

In this episode

7:14 Guest introduction: An athlete turned psychologist/leadership advisor.

10:12 Emotional intelligence plays a role in creating strong relationships.

12:30 Define relational intelligence and the five essential skills for developing life-changing relationships.

12:50 Building rapport: The ability to use energy to make a positive first impression on others.

18:04 Investing in deepening relationships through time and effort.

22:07 Celebrating diversity and inclusion.

19:08 Understanding and connecting with others.

40:56 Information on how listeners can access resources to support them in improving their communication and negotiating skills in relationships.


Relational Intelligence; The Five Essential Skills You Need to Build Life-Changing

Relationships (*Amazon Affiliate link) (book)

Facilitating Communication and Effective Interpersonal Relationships at Work: A Theoretical Model of Socio-Affective Competence (dissertation)

Shifting Criticism For Connected Communication

ERP 336: Strengthen Your Relationship with 5 Daily Practices — An Interview with John David & Ana Gabriel Mann

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