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Just In! Eat and Run to Raise Your Emotional Intelligence

May 18th, 2017



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Research out of the University of Florida reveals a strong correlation between diet, exercise and leadership effectiveness.  Directors with healthier lifestyles (those who ate more vegetables and fruit and exercised more than their counterparts) received higher emotional intelligence ratings on 360 assessments.


So what?


Emotional intelligence is widely known to be a key component of effective leadership. Many previous studies have linked the food we eat and exercise to the brain. This study is the first of its kind in that it links diet, exercise and emotional intelligence.


What to do?


  • Move it! – spend a minimum of 30 minutes a day doing aerobic activity
  • Increase your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Decrease your intake of sugar
  • Continue to be sensitive to emotions (your own and others) and interact in ways that facilitate improved performance based on your perceptions.

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