Summary of Emotional Intelligence

Looking for the book?
We have the summary! Get the key insights in just 10 minutes.

Emotional Intelligence book summary


9 Overall

10 Applicability

9 Innovation

9 Style


In this seminal work, Daniel Goleman introduced millions of readers to the concept of emotional intelligence - the amalgamation of psychological skills and traits that he claims is crucial for life success. Skills like self-awareness and self-motivation are instilled (or destroyed) in childhood, but Goleman claims that adults still can learn and apply them. This book is at its best when Goleman makes his overall case for emotional intelligence, including its sound biological underpinning. Although the later sections on real-world applications are not as insightful as the earlier sections, getAbstract strongly recommends this important book, which is relevant not only to business, but to life itself.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to define "emotional intelligence;"
  • How developing your emotional intelligence contributes to your success in life; and
  • How managers can use emotional intelligence to improve group performance.

About the Author

Daniel Goleman, Ph.D., covers the behavioral sciences for the New York Times. He taught at Harvard and was formerly editor of Psychology Today. His other books include: Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships, Working with Emotional Intelligence and The Meditative Mind. He is the co-author of The Creative Spirit.



Emotional Intelligence

Recent years have seen a surge of research into the biology of personality and emotion. These studies clearly indicate that some of human intelligence and personality is determined by genetics. But this raises two questions: What can you change about yourself? And, why do some intelligent people founder in life, while less intelligent people prosper? The answers reside within a set of abilities called emotional intelligence.

Comment on this summary

  • Avatar
  • Avatar
    Emperor's Son 10 months ago
    No practicality. If you don't know the ideas in this summary you're F**KD
  • Avatar
    Emperor's Son 10 months ago
    No practicality. If you don't know the ideas in this summary you're F**KD
  • Avatar
    Ashish Agarwal 1 year ago
    It only makes sense if everyone involved is practicing the concepts otherwise the one high EQ person is bound to become the corporate sink/ punching bag.

    What more can such authors do to make these concepts stick at all levels of management?
  • Avatar
    Miguel Brunell 3 years ago
    Excellent abstract, one of my favorites! It gets a little tied up with some medical concepts but the overall message is great!

More on this topic

By the same author

Contained in Knowledge Pack:

Customers who read this summary also read

More by category