Project Management Institute

Emotional Intelligence for Project and Program Leadership with Sunny Faronbi


Topics: Communication and Presentation Skills | Leadership Development | Conflict Management | Influencing

For every project manager, knowing the “hard” skills of project management is only the beginning. The most challenging part is building proficiency in such critical areas as leadership, communication, team building, conflict resolution and negotiating for scarce resources or changes in scope. These skills contribute the most to the success or failure of any project. Project and program managers who master these skills are much more successful than those who don’t. The foundation for mastering these skills lies in understanding and harnessing the power of human emotions. This is where emotional intelligence come in.

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is the ability to understand our emotions and those of others around us. It also includes the ability to use this awareness to manage our emotions and relationships. EQ affects how we manage our behaviors, navigate social complexities and make personal decisions that helps us achieve positive results. People with high emotional intelligence are very good at using empathy and constructive communication to create a collaborative and cooperative work environment. These group of skills are imperative for managing projects. Research has shown that EQ contributes up to 58% of workplace success.

As a project or program manager, this seminar will start you on the path of cultivating the necessary emotional and social skills that will help you motivate your teams to deliver excellent project results. You will discover how to work more effectively with your team members, including those with difficult and high-strung personalities. You will also learn how to keep your emotions in check, defuse tense situations, resolve conflicts and improve relationships within your project teams.

Prior to the seminar, you will take the world-renowned EQ-i 2.0 emotional intelligence talent assessment and receive a personalized report. With your report in hand, this interactive seminar will help you evaluate where you are, and proffer specific behaviors and skills that will lead to increased EQ. As your level of emotional intelligence increases, you will begin to align yourself with opportunities that will give you success, and increase your effectiveness in every area of your professional and personal endeavors.

Seminar participants will be asked to complete EQ-i2.0 Emotional Intelligence Assessment and will work with their results during the session. Participants will be expected to complete the assessment approximately one week prior to the session, and will be contacted by their instructor with further instructions.
The cost of this assessment is $125.00 and is included in your seminar fee. The assessment cost is non-refundable. 
Disclaimer: By enrolling in this seminar, Registrants agree to share Registrant Data ("Data") with Instructors for the purposes of customizing course objectives and providing assessments and strategies based upon Registrants’ specific information.

What You Will Learn

  • Recognize their emotions and those of others on project teams.
  • Cope with stressful or difficult project situations in a positive manner.
  • Express their feelings and thoughts openly in a socially acceptable and non-destructive manner that will build trust within project teams.
  • Adapt their emotions, thoughts and behaviors to unfamiliar and unpredictable project situations and circumstances.
  • Recognize when emotions or personal bias can cause them to be less objective while making decisions or expressing opinions.
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I was delighted by how great Sunny's 2-day Emotional Intelligence class was. This was the highlight of all seminars I have ever taken.

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This is probably the first seminar I have attended geared towards professional and personal development that I felt engaged and not bored the entire time the seminar was in session. I came back feeling rejuvenated and ready to start implementing all that I had learned!

PDU Allocation Table

The table below displays the number of professional development units (PDUs) awarded for each PMI® credential, as they align to the PMI Talent Triangle®. Leadership and Strategic PDUs apply evenly across all credentials and Technical PDUs apply only to specific credentials. PDUs will be added in full to all eligible credentials.
Technical Leadership Strategic Total
CAPM / PMP / PgMP 0 8 6 14.00
PMI-ACP / Agile* 0 8 6 14.00
PMI-SP 0 8 6 14.00
PMI-RMP 0 8 6 14.00
PfMP 0 8 6 14.00
PMI-PBA 0 8 6 14.00
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Seminar Instructor(s)


Sunny Faronbi PMP

A highly in-demand conference speaker and coach to project managers, STEM professionals and executives, Sunny Faronbi’s professional experience of more than three decades across four continents continues to provide him with a wealth of knowledge and skills that he frequently draws from. 

With an engineering background, Sunny began to learn what it takes to be a leader when he started leading teams of engineers and other professionals on projects across international boundaries. As a project manager, he realized that he needed improved communication and leadership skills. His search led him to find the strong connections between emotional intelligence skills and leadership behaviors. As he learned and refined these skills, Sunny saw positive changes in his professional relationships. With his growth in these areas, the need arose for him to share what he has learned in the areas of leadership, personal development and professional relationship building. 

Consequently, Sunny developed the passion to coach, mentor, teach, write and speak about leadership, communication and building trust within teams. He started Rehoboth Consulting, Inc. in 2009 as a platform for speaking, coaching and delivering seminars on leadership and emotional intelligence. Sunny’s experience includes the Service, Technology, Manufacturing and Food & Beverage industries. He has worked with companies such as Amazon, John Deere, Siemens, Heineken and Anheuser-Busch. 

An avid traveler, Sunny brings unique perspectives gleaned from real-world experiences. Audiences and readers alike love the practical applications he brings from his insights, including the role that humility plays in building relationships, accelerating careers, and improving personal well-being. 

Sunny holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ibadan and a Master of Engineering Management degree from Washington University in St. Louis. He’s a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and a Project Management Professional (PMP) credential holder since June 2006. Sunny is a certified Emotional Intelligence coach, and is a member of the John Maxwell Team of coaches and speakers. Sunny is also the author of Nothing Higher – Why You Need to Descend in Order to Soar (released June 2021). 

He is known as an engaging speaker and has received excellent reviews from his audiences. 

Course Information

2 Days
20 - 21 July 2020


Member Price
(US$1456.00 before 8 June)
Non-Member Price
(US$1612.00 before 8 June)
Government Pricing
Please note that this course's cost will show as $125 higher at check out due to the Course Assessment Fee.

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