Emerging Leaders Program

Emerging Leaders

ICLD 3.15 Deep Change and Positive Emotional Intelligence: Discussion Board

Instructor: Dr. Mitch
  1. Post a new discussion related to the topics covered in this module.  Your post needs to provide specific lessons learned with examples from this module helping you enhance your leadership capacity at work.
  2. After posting your discussion, review posts provided by other students in the class and reply to at least one of them. 


  • I enjoyed learning about the saboteurs and SAGE. The saboteurs are the survival brain and SAGE is the positive intelligence brain. In the TED Talks video, he discussed three parts of each: the voice, focus and emotions involved in each. To feel consistently happier, you need to learn to strengthen your SAGE and weaken the saboteurs. People can have a happy childhood and be successful and still experience the saboteurs and people have to learn acknowledge how they really feel inside. Before you can weaken the saboteurs, you have to catch them in your mind. Once you catch it let it go. On the other hand, with the SAGE response, every outcome or circumstance can be turned into an opportunity. Every failure can be turned into an opportunity with the right mindset.

  • Hey everyone,

    As humans, we experience a wide range of emotions every day. These emotions can be compelling and drive us towards positive or negative outcomes, depending on how we handle them. That is why it is essential to recognize the power of our emotions and learn to use them to our advantage.

    From my personal experience, practicing mindfulness and self-awareness has helped me to understand my emotions better and positively use them. By being aware of my feelings and thoughts, I can manage them in a way that benefits me and those around me.

    • Emotions do hold significant power and I agree it is important to learn to use them to our advantage. The ability to understand emotions helps us to understand what we’re feeling and why and how it can help or hurt what we are trying to do. Mindfulness and self-awareness at their highest level may also help to predict feelings in advance to better manage them.

  • I found the saboteurs very interesting, I’ve known these main characteristics (saboteurs) about myself for a while, but this lesson and TedTalk gave a whole different framing and understanding about how I view and interact in the world. The quiz results seem very accurate and will be helpful when addressing my saboteurs in the future and trying to shift to SAGE. I think this will improve my inner monologue and create some positive change in my life and at work.

    • That’s great to hear! I agree. It’s always beneficial to have a better understanding of our inner saboteurs and how they affect us. I’m glad that the quiz results seem accurate and that you found the lesson and TedTalk helpful in shifting towards a SAGE perspective. It’s wonderful that you’re motivated to make positive changes in your life and work. Best of luck on your journey towards self-improvement!

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