Wanted: Emotional Leaders

Changing social and battlefield landscapes require a new kind of soldier, says retired Navy officer Dr. Amy Fraher. Emotional intelligence must supplement technical knowledge.

What's the Latest Development?

Today, America's armed forces and the battles it fights are vastly different than in the past. Military leadership now requires emotional intelligence as well as technical prowess, says retired Navy commander Dr. Amy Fraher. The introduction of women and homosexuals into the ranks, as well as the changing nature of conflict where soldiers must cooperate with foreign populations, often tribes, means self control and cultural sensitivity should be prioritized during a soldier's training.

What's the Big Idea?

Dr. Fraher points to Daniel Goleman's seminal Emotional Intelligence to show that intellectual abilities are not everything. She also refers to Malcom Gladwell's Blink which discusses a subconscious ability to navigate and solve difficult problems. Having strong emotional skills is crucial to making decisions in high-stress situations, to allow the mind to execute its technical knowledge without falling prey to fear and anxiety. Fraher says emotional intelligence should become part of a practical training program. In other words, it can be taught.

Photo credit: Shutterstock.com

Compelling speakers do these 4 things every single time

The ability to speak clearly, succinctly, and powerfully is easier than you think

Former U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee rally at the Anaheim Convention Center on September 8, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Barbara Davidson/Getty Images)
Personal Growth

The ability to communicate effectively can make or break a person's assessment of your intelligence, competence, and authenticity.

Keep reading Show less

This 5-minute neck scan can spot dementia 10 years before it emerges

The results come from a 15-year study that used ultrasound scans to track blood vessels in middle-aged adults starting in 2002.

Mikhail Kalinin via Wikipedia
Mind & Brain
  • The study measured the stiffness of blood vessels in middle-aged patients over time.
  • Stiff blood vessels can lead to the destruction of delicate blood vessels in the brain, which can contribute to cognitive decline.
  • The scans could someday become a widely used tool to identify people at high risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer's.
Keep reading Show less

CNN files lawsuit against Trump administration

The lawsuit claims the administration violated the First Amendment when it revoked the press credentials of reporter Jim Acosta.

(Photo by Al Drago - Pool/Getty Images)
Politics & Current Affairs
  • CNN reporter Jim Acosta's press credentials were revoked following a heated exchange with President Donald Trump on November 8.
  • The network filed a lawsuit against the administration on Tuesday, claiming the administration has violated multiple amendments.
  • The White House may only revoke the press credentials of journalists for "compelling reasons," not for reasons involving content.
Keep reading Show less