Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can’t Matter More than IQ Summary

The SQUEEZE: Many people believe that if you have a high IQ that you are very smart and will have great success. However, as Daniel Goleman suggests in Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can’t Matter More than IQ, a higher IQ doesn’t guarantee personal and/or professional success. Happiness and virtue are not both linked to IQ. Instead, they are linked to the individual who pursues both using two minds—the rational and the emotional. Goleman believes that these two minds shape one’s destiny. In the book, Goleman outlines five critical skills needed for emotional intelligence. It is the adoption of these skills that will help to determine success in relationships, work, and physical health. In essence, Goleman offers a new way of talking about being smart. Everyone has a stake in this notion, this vision called human possibility. Goleman’s work is a must-read for individuals in pursuit of emotional health.

Notable Endorsement: "A thoughtfully written, persuasive account explaining emotional intelligence and why it can be crucial to your career."—USA Today

Common Q’s Answered by this Book:

  • What is emotional intelligence?
  • What is an example of emotional hijacking?
  • What are the roots of empathy?
  • What are examples of managing with heart?
  • What is emotional relearning?
  • What is the cost of emotional illiteracy?


About the Author: Daniel Goleman is a psychologist and science journalist. Writing early in his career for The New York Times, Goleman has authored more than three books on the subjects of education, science, leadership, and psychology. Goleman is responsible for developing the argument that non-cognitive skills are just as important as the results of an I.Q. test. Goleman bases his assumptions within the context of business. Goleman’s work includes the following publications: Working with Emotional Intelligence (1998), where he discusses the importance of workplace success; Primal Leadership (2001), where he discusses leadership effectiveness; and Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships (2006), where he discusses the implications of the title. Goleman completed an undergraduate degree at Amherst College and a doctorate degree from Harvard University. Goleman is a recipient of both Ford Foundation and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation scholarships. For more information, visit: http://danielgoleman.info/.

Book Vitals:

  • Publisher: Bantam (September 2006)

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