Relational Intelligence

Based on over 20 years of research on leadership, relationships, and influence Dr. Adam C. Bandelli developed the concept of Relational Intelligence.

This groundbreaking work originated from his doctoral studies at the University of South Florida where he did his dissertation on the Bandelli Relational Intelligence Model. Over the last 15 years of his career as a leadership advisor and organizational psychologist, Dr. Bandelli has updated, refined, and improved the firm’s research and practice on Relational intelligence.

Relational Intelligence is the ability to successfully connect with people and build strong, long-lasting relationships.

This is critical in business, where leaders need to create cultures of connection and belonging that are relationship-oriented and foster great employee engagement. Relational intelligence is at the heart of effective leadership for all successful CEOs and their senior teams. But it is not only important in the c-suite, it’s critical at all levels of an organization down to the frontline individual contributors. Every employee in your organization should focus on building relationships that are based on trust and mutual accountability.

Relationally intelligent leaders practice five specific skills that enable them to create cultures where employees feel supported. Great leaders take time to Establish Rapport during the early stages of relationship development with people. They are intentional about spending time to Understand Others and learn about their employees on a deep level. They Embrace Individual Differences by showing an acceptance and appreciation for people from different backgrounds, personalities, and experiences. They Develop Trust by honoring commitments made to their people, creating consistent processes for work to get completed, and being transparent and authentic in how they lead their teams. And they Cultivate Influence by having a genuine and sincere desire to support the growth and development of their people. Relationally intelligent leaders look to bring the best out of their employees and help them reach their full potential.

The Book
Relational Intelligence

The Five Essential Skills You Need to Build Life-Changing Relationships.

In 2020, the world as we knew it changed. For close to two years, people were socially isolated. For many of us, we lost the art of human face-to-face connections that lead to the development of close intimate relationships. In Relational Intelligence , Dr. Adam C. Bandelli outlines the five essential skills that can help you reconnect with others and build strong, long-lasting relationships. Drawing on research from the fields of psychology, sociology, and behavioral science, he explains why these skills are necessary tools for building a life of joy, satisfaction, and fulfillment. He also highlights case studies and personal stories from twenty years of experience as an organizational psychologist and leadership advisory management consultant to reinforce the importance of relational intelligence in all areas of life. No matter where you are along your journey, learning these skills and putting them into practice will greatly improve the quality of your personal and professional relationships.


In today’s world, we have more ways to communicate, but we’re connecting less than ever before. Our lack of connection is affecting how we work. It’s affecting our growth and development. It’s affecting how we live our lives. Relational Intelligence will serve as a guide to restoring the connections you have with others. This book will challenge you to strengthen your relationships with the people who matter the most. Beyond discussing the five essential relational intelligence skills, the book outlines practical steps that you can implement today! Each chapter lays out a clear and detailed blueprint for how you can build great relationships with family, friends, coworkers, and loved ones. When your relationships are strong, they serve as the gateway to your personal and professional development. Our lives are changed by the people around us. With relational intelligence, you can be intentional about how you build connections with others. If you are purposeful about how you build relationships your life will be transformed.

Bandelli Relational Intelligence Assessment™

To help leaders develop and improve their relational intelligence, Bandelli & Associates has designed and validated the Relational Intelligence Assessment. This is a timed 40-minute online assessment that measures a leader’s ability to understand and use the five essential skills of relational intelligence.

The assessment is a great tool for leaders to understand where their relational intelligence strengths and development opportunities are today. It is used at the start of our executive coaching engagements and is part of the programs we offer in our executive education and training practice.

Contact us at to learn more about the assessment and set-up a test demo for you and leaders in your organization.

The Relational Intelligence Experience

Research conducted by our team at Bandelli & Associates has found that when leaders are authentic and intentional about building relationships with their people, it leads to many positive and productive organizational outcomes. Leaders who consistently practice relational intelligence have employees who are more engaged in their work, are more satisfied with their jobs, and are more loyal and committed to their organizations.

In this two-day immersive offsite experience, your leaders will learn the five essential skills of relational intelligence and get to put them into practice with their colleagues. Our team customizes the content for the experience by conducting our Relational Intelligence Needs Assessment with your senior leaders. We tailor the exercises and activities during the program to best fit the needs of your organization.

When your leaders put relationships, people, and culture first it leads to greater levels of performance and financial profitability. The bottom line grows when your employees know that they matter and that their work contributes to the greater good. The Relational Intelligence Experience equips your leaders with the skills needed to make this happen. Contact us today to set up an initial consultation and learn more about our program.

Built Different.

Discover How Relational Intelligence Is Changing The Way That Leaders Operate.