Summary of Emotional Intelligence

Why It Can Matter More Than IQ

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Emotional Intelligence book summary
Your IQ is only 20% of your success. The rest is emotional. How do you feel about that?


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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 accounts for 80% of 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
  • How managers can use emotional intelligence to improve group performance


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...
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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.

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    Sean Voss 3 months ago
    Great message
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    Miguel Brunell 12 months ago
    Excellent abstract, one of my favorites! It gets a little tied up with some medical concepts but the overall message is great!

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