Daniel Goleman and the Importance of Emotional Intelligence

Daniel Goleman is a psychologist and author of popular personal development books based upon the subject of emotional intelligence.

His book "Emotional Intelligence" sold over 5 million copies and was on the New York Times bestseller list over 18 months.

His groundbreaking books have helped change the way people look at leadership and success in business and personal lives.

About Daniel Goleman

Daniel Goleman was born on March 7, 1946, in California, to parents who were university professors. He studied at Amherst College, University of California at Berkeley, and Harvard. His intentions were to become a professor like his parents and he did guest lecture at Harvard for a period of time. His class on the psychology of consciousness was very popular and earned him recognition.

Goleman was offered a job at "Psychology Today" magazine and his career turned to writing. He was also a science journalist for the New York Times for 12 years where he wrote on topics related to brain science and psychology.

Daniel Goleman was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize on two occasions and the American Psychological Association awarded him a career achievement award for his journalistic work.

In addition, Daniel Goleman devised a method of measuring emotional intelligence. The Emotional and Social Competence Inventory, or ESCI was created by Goleman in collaboration with Richard Boyatzis, a business professor, and researchers from the McClelland Institute. The ESCI test is for human resource managers and business coaches who utilize Goleman's emotional intelligence approach in the workplace.

Books by Daniel Goleman

• "Vital Lies, Simple Truths: The Psychology of Self-Deception" is a book by Daniel Goleman that was published in 1985. This book explores human deception and contains interesting stories about psychological experiments and case histories. This work is based upon the theory that the mind protects itself by dimming awareness and in doing so creates a blind spot that allows self deception to thrive. Out of these blind spots grow destructive behaviors on a personal and group level.

• "The Meditative Mind: The Varieties of Meditative Experience" is a book published in 1988. It was originally published in 1977 as "The Varieties of the Meditative Experience." This book takes a scientific look at meditation and describes twelve different types used such as Kabbalah, transcendental, tantra, Tibetan, Zen, and Visuddhimagga. He determined that whether they promoted mindfulness or concentration, they all had the common requirement of the need to retrain attention.

• "Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ" was published in 1995 and is available as a book, ebook, and audio book. In this work, Daniel Goleman explains his concept of emotional intelligence. He describes our two minds, the emotional and the rational, and how they work together to bring about success. He further explains how just having a high IQ doesn't ensure success; emotional intelligence is needed as well. Goleman teaches that unlike IQ, emotional intelligence isn't a set trait. It can be cultivated during any stage of life in order to improve one's circumstances.

• "Working with Emotional Intelligence" is a book, ebook, and audio book that was published in 2000. In this work, Daniel Goleman offers personal development advice for using emotional intelligence to advance in a career. He stresses it is more important than a degree, IQ, or even years of experience. He also explains that emotional intelligence, or EI, is a set of skills that anyone can learn. Goleman shows why these skills are important, how to identify them, and explains how to cultivate them.

• "Destructive Emotions: A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama" is a book and ebook that was published in 2004. In this book, Daniel Goleman shares conversations between the Dalai Lama and a group of psychologists, philosophers, and neuroscientist, who came together to answer the question of whether philosophy and science could work together to transform destructive emotions for the betterment of humanity.

• "Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships" was published in 2006 and is available as a book, ebook, and audio book. In this work, Goleman pulls from his background in biology and brain science to show how we are hard wired to socially connect with other people. He further explains that our everyday interactions with others help shape our brains and even have an affect on our bodies physically. By understanding this social intelligence, it may be possible to have richer relationships, be better parents, and become more successful leaders.

• "Primal Leadership: Learning to Lead with Emotional Intelligence" was published in 2001 and is available as a book, audio book, and ebook. It was written in collaboration with Richard E. Boyatzis and Annie McKee. This book teaches that successful leaders connect with others by using emotional intelligence. By using emotions, they are able to motivate others and get results. Daniel Goleman stresses that the best leaders today avoid the commanding style of leadership and use democratic or affiliative approaches instead.

• "Measuring the Immeasurable: The Scientific Case for Spirituality" was published in 2008. This book was written in collaboration with other notable personal development authors including Gregg Braden, Lynn McTaggart, Gary Small, and Bruce Lipton. It is a collection of research reports and essays that explore the scientific evidence for spirituality.

• "Ecological Intelligence: How Knowing the Hidden Impacts of What We Buy Can Change Everything" is a book and ebook by Daniel Goleman that was published in 2009. This book describes the hidden consequences of the products we buy. Goleman stresses once the consequences are known and understood by consumers, we can change our buying habits and create a healthier planet. He gives examples of herbal shampoos that contain toxic chemicals, sunscreen ingredients that kill coral reefs, and organic shirts that increase the risk for leukemia in the people who manufacture them.

• "The Brain and Emotional Intelligence" is a book and ebook that was published in 2011. This book summarizes the research that has taken place in the 15+ years since Goleman's original "Emotional Intelligence" book was released. It further explains emotional intelligence and how the brain is wired for motivation and success. This work also includes research on social intelligence and the dark side of the brain. Included are neural lessons that help readers cultivate emotional intelligence abilities.

• "Leadership: The Power of Emotional Intelligence" was published in 2011 and is available as a book and ebook. This book is a collection of writings by Daniel Goleman on the subject of leadership. It covers such topics as developing emotional intelligence, group IQ, management practices, primal leadership, heart management, social brains, and the sweet spot for achievement. The book is inspiring and motivational to individuals and acts as a resource for managers, human resource personnel, business coaches, and leaders.

Learning More from Daniel Goleman

Daniel Goleman is a popular speaker and is frequently the subject of magazine and newspaper interviews.

He archives many of his interviews on his website. He provides Podcasts and videos to those interested in learning more about emotional intelligence, social intelligence, ecological intelligence or the new style of leadership.

Goleman also maintains an active blog and hosts a question and answer segment on his site.

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