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INIVA A-Z of Leadership

Emotional Learning Cards


The A-Z of Leadership is the latest emotional learning resource in our series featuring evocative and compelling artworks by international contemporary artists along with psychologically informed commentary + questions. Designed to support the development of emotionally intelligent leadership.


Each of the 26 cards includes:

- On the front: an image of a commissioned artwork by a contemporary artist.

- On the back: descriptions of emotions + their opposites and what triggers them informed by psychoanalytic thinking + open questions to prompt exploration.

+ Two Extra Cards featuring a comprehensive list of emotions & questions linked to leadership.


We all understand the everyday meaning of emotional intelligence but how does it apply to leadership? Whether we hold a responsible position in a small or large organisation or are trying to be an effective role model to others, we can benefit from expanding our understanding of the conscious and unconscious factors at play.


At the heart of effective leadership is the capacity to build relationships that can sustain more complex challenges. We need to be able to work with difference, balance needs, understand unconscious agendas and take into account other viewpoints or cultural influences which may be very different from our own. The A-Z of Leadership cards are designed to go beyond common themes by reflecting on these kinds of subjects and on the psychological dimensions of taking on a leadership role.


Featured Artists: Endia Beal, Idris Khan, Nina Mangalanayagam, Joy Gregory, Kimathi Donkor, Karl Ohiri, Razwan Ulhaq, Mohamed Bourouissa, Alida Rodrigues, Natalia Anciso, Ria Hartley, Aya Haidar, Nandan Ghiya, Oscar Murillo, Park Chan-kyong, Halil Altindere, Felipe Castel Blanco, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye,Delaine de Bas, Erika Tan, Jack Tan, Sandra Ramos, Hassan Hajjaj, Faisal Abdu'Allah, Barby Asante and Lerato Shadi.


This set of cards was created in collaboration educational consultancy Opossum and Newport Primary School, supporting the development of future school Heads.