Daniel Goleman is a psychologist and author of
popular personal development books based upon the subject of
His book "Emotional Intelligence" sold over
5 million copies and was on the New York Times bestseller list over
His groundbreaking books have helped change the way
people look at leadership and success in business and personal
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.
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.
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
• "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
• "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
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
• "Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human
" 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
• "Primal Leadership: Learning to Lead with
" 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.
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
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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