The 'wild side' of emotional intelligence

Wilderness Safaris simply gets that Emotional Intelligence is an important focus amongst their workforce. Elmarie Pretorius, from The Mindspa Institute (Soft Skills training company),International speaker, trainer and author presented the EQ course at their premises in Rivonia, Johannesburg during February 16.

The value of relationships is often not realized. The EQ course teaches companies about the value of a well maintained relationship between colleagues, customers, stakeholders and even understanding competitors better.

It is all about being a great partner in every aspect of the company. You learn to develop your leadership, work better together in a team, sharpen up your management skills and understand how important communication is. A company, who is emotionally intelligent, excels in all areas and their staff is productive, efficient and motivated. Everyone is aligned with the business values.

This course makes everyone confident.

The term Emotional Intelligence (aka EQ), with specific reference to the workplace, can be identified as your ability to understand and recognize the impact your own emotions have on your behavior as well as how to comprehend and leverage the emotions of colleagues so as to manage situations. Ms Pretorius from The Mindspa Institute provides these types of training modules regularly to forward thinking companies like Wilderness Safaris.

With over 80 years’ experience, Wilderness Safaris are leaders in the tour operating industry in Africa. They believe in creating journeys, not holidays. During such life—changing journeys their guests are able to visit some of the most remote and pristine areas in Africa. They are driven to help conserve Africa's spectacular biodiversity and share ecotourism‘s benefits with neighboring communities. Even more so, they pride themselves on developing the leadership behaviors within their company.

“EQ is one of the areas highlighted by employees as an area of interest for further training (through performance management conversations) — It is also an opportunity identified through the 2015 skills audit, and so was incorporating in our projected training plan. In the bigger picture — people development is an important focus for Wilderness Safaris. We need to provide growth opportunities in order to develop leadership behaviors aligned with our company values”, Eugenie Luck from Wilderness Safaris emphasizes.

These skills are becoming so important and crucial in identifying leadership qualities. More and more Human Resource managers test this during the interview process especially when recruiting senior management. These set of skills help lead, engage and motivate any team.

Wilderness Safaris will definitely not get left behind. With an emotional intelligent workforce they are bound to build the partnerships in all areas of their industry.

*The Mind Spa Institute, established in 2007, is a soft skills training organization accredited by SETA and aligns with all SAQA’s standards and NQF levels. What makes them a preferred training partner is that they provide customized business and people solutions developed in—house made relevant and useful in the corporate and public sectors within South Africa. Their “hands—on” experience at leadership level helps give an in—depth understanding of what a company culture, vision and mission brings to the table in every organization.

Please view our website www.themindspa.co.za or contact [email protected] or phone 087 754 6185 to enquire about the corporate and public courses available.

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Carel Loubser, Vickey Momberg, Chantell Faasen, Christina Schaddach, Gordon Sims, Elmarie, Anja Harmse, Stanley Mabunda, Nirvani Pillay, Ulrike Howard-Ginsberg,
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Shannon de Bruijn, Aurelie Bell, Carol Sing, Cathy Vermeulen, Nozipho Ndimande, Kylee Bester, Lerato Masibi

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