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With COVID-19 spreading around the globe, the world as we know it has fundamentally shifted. We’re seeing unprecedented levels of stress, overwhelm, isolation and disconnection. It is imperative that we increase our emotional intelligence to manage our own feelings and reactions, and learn to relate to colleagues’ emotions in productive ways, building our capacity for calm, focus and resilience and paving the way to connection and creativity. Emotional Intelligence has always been an important skill, but is all the more necessary right now and our need to increase our EQ is all the more acute.

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As we face this unprecedented moment and global pandemic and upheaval, our thoughts and hearts go out to everyone who is impacted. SIYLI has put together free resources and additional ways to support you in fostering connection with yourself and your community.

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The start of a new decade is making many of us feel reinvigorated with intentions for new beginnings. Whatever the reason propelling each one of us to pay more attention to the way we lead ourselves, others and our projects, this year feels like the one to focus on our personal leadership development. Here are 5 skills to cultivate and make part of your plan.

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Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership (ITL) has partnered with SIYLI to bring the Search Inside Yourself program to the Washington, DC area since 2013. Tara Aldridge, Assistant Director at ITL, shares her insights on why her organization chooses to host Search Inside Yourself every year and how she has seen it impact participants in her community.

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In the midst of never-ending gift lists, countless holiday parties, and stressful holiday travel we can quickly wear ourselves down. Try a few of these eight self-care ideas to equip you to remain your most centered and resilient self this holiday season.

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We tend to think that everyone else is the crowd or the traffic, that everyone else is getting in our way. But really, we’re all the traffic; we all share the same roads, buses and trains. We share the fears of running late to work, of being annoyed by being bumped or cut off. All of these feelings are universal parts of the frustration that we might face during our commute, making it a great place to practice compassion and integrate mindfulness into a daily habit.

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Mindfulness practices help us identify and embrace disappointments, obstacles, and failures with humility and curiosity. We can actually come to the realization that they are gifts of enormous value and in the process, learn and grow.

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