Leadership — It’s a Choice...AND a Challenge: How Emotional Intelligence Plays a Significant Role in Leadership

10/29/2020 1:30 p.m. EDT

Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

Track: Leadership and Management


What makes an excellent leader? Leadership is defined many different ways by many different people. It is a choice, and that also can be a serious challenge at times. Emotional Intelligence is defined as the capacity to be aware of, control and express one's emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. Do you know how to navigate the culture of a multigenerational workforce in your workplace? Can we use emotional intelligence to help build trust and loyalty across the whole company? Join us as we discuss all these facets of leadership and seek to help each of us define leadership in a way that helps build a successful brand within our agency that leads all of our employees to success.


Learning Outcomes:

Learn how to navigate the culture of a multi-generational workforce through emotional intelligence.

Learn how to build trust and loyalty in a multi-generational workforce through emotional intelligence.

Have an awareness of why employees seek positions outside their current agency, including poor leadership at all levels.



Dave Bietz

Director of Operations, Fargo (North Dakota) Park District

Dave Bietz has 54 full-time employees working directly below him and approximately 200 employees who work part time. Bietz is actively involved with NDRPA and has significant leadership experience.


Dave Leker

Deputy Executive Director, Fargo (North Dakota) Park District

Dave Leker leads 120 full-time employees who report directly to seven directors who report to him. Leker has managed staff as a leader for 25 years and has served as president of NDRPA, as well as being actively involved with them for years.


Joe Deutsch

Professor of Physical Education and Recreation, Fargo (North Dakota) Park District

Joe Deutsch a professor of physical education and recreation at North Dakota State University. He has presented hundreds of times at the state, regional, national and international level of subjects related to leadership. He is a first-time speaker at NRPA Virtual. Deutsch has spoken many times at SHAPE America (formerly AAHPERD) and NDRPA, as well as other associations.

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