Saturday, November 29, 2008

Video of the Week: The Interpersonal Factor in Successful Leadership

Daniel Goleman is an internationally known psychologist who lectures frequently to professional groups, business audiences, and on college campuses. Working as a science journalist, Goleman reported on the brain and behavioral sciences for The New York Times for many years. His 1995 book, Emotional Intelligence (Bantam Books) was on The New York Times bestseller list for a year-and-a-half; with more than 5,000,000 copies in print worldwide in 30 languages, and has been a best seller in many countries.

His latest book, Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships, was published in September 2006. Social intelligence, the interpersonal part of emotional intelligence, can now be understood in terms of recent findings from neuroscience. Goleman’s book describes the many implications of this new science, including for altruism, parenting, love, health, learning and leadership.

Goleman was a co-founder of the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning at the Yale University Child Studies Center (now at the University of Illinois at Chicago), with a mission to help schools introduce emotional literacy courses. One mark of the Collaborative—and book’s—impact is that thousands of schools around the world have begun to implement such programs.

Goleman’s 1998 book, Working With Emotional Intelligence (Bantam Books), argues that workplace competencies based on emotional intelligence play a great role in star performance, and that both individuals and companies will benefit from cultivating these capabilities. Goleman’s book, Primal Leadership – Learning to Lead with Emotional Intelligence (co-authored with Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee), explores the crucial role of emotional intelligence in leadership. Goleman is co-chair of the The Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations, based in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University, which recommend bests practices for developing emotional intelligence abilities, and to promote rigorous research on the contribution of emotional intelligence to workplace effectiveness. The consortium is a great resource for reading up on EQ including why it’s lonely at the top. Read more at Daniel Goleman's website.

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