Allen BrinkmanAllen Brinkman has a history of success and a bright outlook for the future. After graduating from Columbus University and UGA, Brinkman went on to become the Chairman, President, and CEO of SunTrust Bank in Tampa (and SW Florida), and the former CEO of Wachovia Bank in Central, FL. In addition to his 20+ years of experience in the commercial banking industry, Brinkman is also active in Tampa’s philanthropic community. He has served as a board member for the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Council, Boys & Girls Club of Tampa Bay, Boy Scouts of America, MacDill Air Force Base, Junior League of Tampa, and the American Heart Association, to name a few. While his success can be attributed to hard work and determination, Brinkman believes it’s his interpersonal skills that have led him to where he is today. These “soft” skills are actually not soft at all, but rather a core component of leadership. Skills of emotional intelligence are not gender-specific and can be learned at any age. Brinkman credits the development of his inner leadership to both his personal and professional success as a parent, spouse, friend, colleague, and business leader.
Brinkman’s TheoryBrinkman believes that we have about 60,000 thoughts a day, and about 27,000 life-altering decisions a day. If that’s not enough, factor in the point that we are emotional beings before we are rational beings. For this reason, it is important to understand the inner workings of our minds and to manage our emotions appropriately. According to Brinkman, there are 5 skills we can master that can change our lives:
- Self-awareness: knowing yourself
- Social awareness: reading others
- Self-management: maintaining control
- Responsible decision making: perceiving accurately
- Communication and conflict resolution: communicate with flexibility