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Emotional Intelligence

Author: Daniel Goleman

Publisher: Bantam, 1995

ISBN: Taavo Godtfre

Summary:A must read for all HRD practitioners. Goleman asserts through a myriad of tales and research that IQ does not determine success—emotional intelligence does!

A must read for all HRD practitioners. Goleman asserts through a myriad of tales and research that IQ does not determine success—emotional intelligence does! He helps the reader understand not only the anatomy behind our behavior but also how it effects both our professional and personal relationships.

Goleman eloquently describes a cadre of critical competencies with keen justification and behavioral research. These ingredients of emotional intelligence include self-awareness and impulse control, persistence, zeal and self-motivation, empathy, and social deftness. The book subtly challenges leaders from all organizations to ponder their own management styles. Goleman even goes as far to boldly claim that "feedback is the lifeblood of the organization".

A description from the publisher:

Daniel Goleman argues that our view of human intelligence is far too narrow, ignoring a crucial range of abilities that matter immensely in how we do in life. Drawing on groundbreaking brain and behavioral research, Goleman shows the factors at work when people of high IQ flounder and those of modest IQ do surprisingly well. These factors add up to a different way of being smart.

As Goleman demonstrates, the personal costs of deficits in emotional intelligence can range from problems in marriage and parenting to poor physical health. Lack of emotional intelligence can sabotage the intellect and ruin careers. Perhaps the greatest toll is on children, for whom risks include depression, eating disorders, and unwanted pregnancy, aggressiveness and violent crime.

Emotional intelligence is not fixed at birth. Goleman shows how emotional intelligence can be nurtured and strengthened in all of us. And because the emotional lessons a child learns actually sculpt the brain’s circuitry, Goleman provides detailed.

by Taavo Godtfredsen


© Taavo Godtfredsen