Self-Awareness Workshop to Develop Your Emotional Intelligence

Through the foundation of self-awareness, teams will understand the five pillars of emotional intelligence and develop an action plan to put these improvements into practice.

Created by Carrin Robertson – SessionLab


When should this session be delivered?

This workshop is designed as an opening point for teams to develop their emotional intelligence by becoming more self-aware. We will provide the participants with an understanding of Daniel Goleman’s pillars of emotional intelligence, and work together to spot areas of improvement for better team cohesion.

The workshop can instill new perspectives and develop a proactive approach for change. Learning to identify our emotions, can help us better empathize with others to improve trust and communication techniques for a stronger team dynamic.

This workshop can take place in a live format, or online, and can also work as a hybrid workshop. Online tools can help facilitate this workshop, so long as we ensure the safe space needed when running workshops focused on emotional development. Presentations and an action plan workbook are included in this template, to make it easy for facilitators to use as a package. 

Who can facilitate it?

The workshop is ideally suited to be run by facilitators with a grounding and knowledge of Emotional Intelligence The instructions and exercises provided make it a straightforward workshop to run for improving self-awareness. 

It would be very useful to have studied Daniel Goleman’s book Emotional Intelligence: Why it Matters more than IQ and to have experience in emotional development for teams. It’s important to have a facilitator who understands the team and can spot any conflicts, or issues prior to running the workshop. 

Specific anecdotes and creating the opportunity for open discussion can help create a safe space and ensure the best outcomes for the participants.


We have created two downloadable PDFs for this workshop.

An action plan for participants to work through and reflect on throughout. They’ll leave with a future plan of considered action points to improve their self-awareness and develop their emotional intelligence skills beyond the training session.

A presentation for facilitators to explain the five pillars of emotional intelligence and how self-awareness can create a foundation for their emotional development.

Check out the template details including step-by-step plan with instructions, timings, printable schedule and more

About the author

Carrin Robertson

Carrin Robertson is a content marketer at SessionLab and a design thinking facilitator who has worked with community projects to help them solve complex problems, and to further utilize these skills and mindset.

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