Building Emotionally Intelligent Teams with Dr. Vanessa Druskat


S1E10 Building Emotionally Intelligent Teams with Dr. Vanessa Druskat

August 3, 2021

What does Emotional Intelligence look like on an organizational level? We take an in-depth look in today’s episode. Daniel Goleman speaks with Dr. Vanessa Druskat, Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Management at the University of New Hampshire, on the elements of Emotional Intelligence which foster top-performing teams. Together, they tackle a wide range of topics from influence and belonging, to nonverbal communication in the age of digital conferencing.

Our Guests

Dr. Vanessa Druskat

Vanessa Urch Druskat, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at the University of New Hampshire, USA. She is an applied social psychologist with in-depth knowledge of social systems. This background provides her with a unique systems perspective on teamwork, which she uses in her research and consulting work with leaders and their teams. Among other engagements, she has studied and coached teams at various Johnson & Johnson R&D Companies to help accelerate the complex collaboration required for drug development. She has twice received awards for research deemed both rigorous and practical from the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, NC. Her Harvard Business Review (HBR) article (with S. Wolff) on emotionally intelligent teams was selected as an HBR Breakthrough Idea and has been reprinted four times in collections of HBR’s most popular articles. She is currently writing a book that combines her research on the social and emotional conditions that strengthen team collaboration with her experiences as a coach to leaders and their teams. Vanessa’s work features practical lessons about building an inclusive team culture that engages all team members’ unique talents. She is an engaging speaker and has received multiple teaching awards.
Vanessa Druskat


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Episode Credits:

This show is brought to you by our co-hosts Daniel Goleman, and Hanuman Goleman and is sponsored by Key Step Media, your source for personal and professional development materials focused on mindfulness leadership and emotional intelligence.

  • Special thanks to Ione, whose voices you heard at the top of the show.
  • This episode was written and produced by Elizabeth Solomon and Gabriela Acosta.
  • Episode art and production support by Bryant Johnson.
  • Music includes Action Investigation by Komiku and theme music by Amber Ojeda.


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