Emotional Intelligence: Essential for Leading in 2021 is alumni programing designed to build upon the knowledge acquired through the LINC Redwood County program.

This six-week, intensive leadership program is lead by the University of Minnesota Extension centered around individual growth, while collaborating with fellow LINC alumni.



As technological and other factors increase the pace of change in today’s world, there is a greater need than ever for leaders to develop “emotional intelligence.” Emotional intelligence is a set of emotional and social skills that influence the way we perceive and express ourselves, develop and maintain social relationships, cope with challenges and use emotional information in an effective and meaningful way. How well we develop and use these abilities greatly affects how well we live our lives.

As part of the program, participants will take an online assessment called the Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i 2.0®). It is the first scientifically validated instrument created to assess emotionally intelligent behavior. Educators will provide participants with a deeper understanding of core emotional intelligence skills and help to create a self-development plan to enhance their skills in effective relationships, intrapersonal growth and self- management.

Extension Educators, Christy Kallevig and Catie Rasmussen, are both certified administrators of the Emotional Intelligence assessment and will be the lead educators of the program.


In addition to the opportunity to take the EQ-I 2.0 assessment, the program design will offer six 1-hour virtual sessions along with two 45-minute one-on-one coaching sessions. It will also offer the opportunity to develop peer networks as a resource and support for participants.

Program design is based on a minimum participant number of 10 and a maximum of 16. The smaller number of participants provides the opportunity to deepen the relationships with both trainers and peers.

3/1-3/10/2021Individually Participants complete EQi assessment
3/10/2021 |
12- 1pm
Virtual What is Emotional Intelligence and why does it matter?
3/10 – 3/17
45 minutes
Peer CoachingOne-on-one coaching
3/17/2021 | 12 – 1pm Virtual Self-Perception: What you believe is what you see
3/24/2021 |
Virtual Interpersonal: Why emotions matter in your relationships
3/31/2021 | 12-1pm Virtual Self-Expression: How to find your voice and encourage others
4/7/2021 | 12-1pm Virtual Decision Making: How emotions effect decision making
4-140-2021 |
Virtual Stress Management: Why stress management begins with emotion management
4/14/ – 4/21
45 minutes
Peer Coaching One-on-one coaching
TBD TBD Reflect and Celebrate, hosted by LINC Redwood County Board


Any graduate of the LINC Redwood County program as well as members of the LINC Redwood County Design Team and Board are eligible to apply.


The investment for Emotional Intelligence: Essential for Leading in 2021 consists of two elements; your time and a tuition fee.

The time you will be asked to commit to the program is detailed out above in the Program Year Schedule. Please be sure to review it diligently and ensure that you will be able to participate accordingly.

Tuition for this program is only $250. That includes your EQ-i Assessment and top of the line leadership training from the University of Minnesota Extension educators. Register Now

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