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Dive Deep, Climb High

Focusing on leadership in higher education, Mel Loizou asks her guests to share what leadership means to them. The Dive Deep Climb High podcast is fun, honest, and relatable. It enables you to dive deep into your role and the leader you are.

To climb high, unleashing the power and potential of you and those around you. With inspiring stories, practical tips, and a little bit of fishiness this show will help you realise that sometimes the apparently impossible is absolutely possible. 

Dive Deep. Climb High. Can Do Leadership in a World of Can’t.


Dec 7, 2022

In this episode, we dive deep into emotional intelligence, which Kevin defines as the ability to manage and perceive emotions. Having spent nearly fifteen years working with and researching the topic we explore why Kevin believes it is a key leadership skill and how emotional intelligence can improve team performance and engagement.



‘It’s all about how you treat people.  How are you impacting others with your emotional management? Your reaction to your team, your friends, your colleagues can make their day better, or potentially worse, and it's being able to realise your impact. We are wired to act first and think second, that’s just the way our brain works. Taking a pause, and saying ‘what is my best reaction to this’ makes all the difference.”



Kevin provides leadership and oversight for Student Housing and Residential Life at California State University Northridge. He received his Doctorate in Education from New York University and has experience working in small and large, private and public institutions. Kevin has and continues to serve on local, regional, and national associations within residence life and LGBTQ+ advocacy. He has nearly fifteen years of experience working with and researching the topic of emotional intelligence and related dynamics within both student and professional staff. Kevin has a strong passion for research turned engagement and has partnered with colleagues on international ACUHO-I grant-funded research projects focused on the evolving role of the Resident Assistant. Furthermore, he just published a book entitled Evolving Landscape of Residential Education, which is a collaboration with several global colleagues in the field. In his spare time, he is an avid marathon runner, foodie, and travel enthusiast.

Kevin’s book: Evolving Landscape of Residential Education: Enhancing Students’ Learning in University Residential Halls* Evolving Landscape Residential Education








Mel is a Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Speaker, Podcast Host & Mum. Specialising in leadership and change management in the Higher Education sector, Mel uses her Fish Climb Trees philosophy to help individuals, teams and organisations, shift from that place of believing they can’t, to one where they know they absolutely can.

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