David Goleman

Emotional Intelligence

Psychologist and author of “Emotional Intelligence” and “Focus“, Daniel Goleman has transformed the way the world educates children, relates to family and friends, and conducts business. The Wall Street Journal ranked him one of the 10 most influential business thinkers. His article “What Makes a Leader?” remains the most requested reprint in the history of Harvard Business Review.

His 2014 bestseller, “Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence”, argues that leadership that gets results demands a triple focus: on ourselves; on others, for our relationships; and on the outer forces that shape organizations and society. Dr. Goleman’s “The Focused Leader” won the 2013 HBR McKinsey Award, given each year for the best article in Harvard Business Review. In his book, “A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama’s Vision for Our World”, Dr. Goleman - who was personally selected by the Dalai Lama - combines the Dalai Lama’s key teachings, empirical evidence, and true accounts of people putting his lessons into practice, offering readers practical applications for making the world a better place.

Goleman’s “Emotional Intelligence” was on The New York Times bestsellers list for a year-and-a-half. Named one of the 25 “Most Influential Business Management Books” by TIME, it has been translated into 40 languages. HBR called emotional intelligence (EI) “a revolutionary, paradigm-shattering idea.” His follow-up, “Working With Emotional Intelligence”, outlined the importance of Emotional Intelligence in professional settings.

The groundbreaking “Primal Leadership: Unleashing the Power of Emotional Intelligence”, which Goleman co-wrote with Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee, unveiled scientific evidence proving that a leader’s emotional competencies have an enormous impact on an organization’s bottom line. His more recent books include “Social Intelligence: The New Science of Social Relationships”, “Ecological Intelligence”, and “What Makes a Leader”, a collection of articles from HBR, LinkedIn, and other business journals.

Goleman’s newest book, “Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain and Body”, is co-written with Richard Davidson and launched in September 2017, is his most recent book. Through cutting edge research, Goleman and Davidson explore how meditation and mindfulness can achieve real, positive, and lasting mental and behavioral change. His work on the brain and behavioral science was nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize and recognized with the Washburn Award and Lifetime Career Award from the American Psychological Association. A former science journalist for The New York Times, he was named to the 2011 and 2013 Thinkers50 and a top business guru by Accenture Institute for Strategic Change.


There are four parts to Emotional Intelligence (EI): self-awareness and self-management, which are the basis of leading yourself; and social awareness and relationship management, which are essential for leading others. Strengths in all four parts are the basis of high performance leadership. Within each of the four parts of Emotional Intelligence there are learned abilities, or competencies, that are crucial for outstanding leadership. For instance, for self-management some of the learned leadership abilities are: emotional balance, adaptability, and positive outlook.

In this presentation, Dr. Goleman makes the business and scientific case for Emotional Intelligence as a key to great leadership and star performance.


  1. Describes in detail the 12 crucial Emotional Intelligence competencies
  2. Shows how weakness in a competency causes troubles in leadership
  3. Explores what research has found about the unique contribution of these Emotional Intelligence competencies to high performance leadership
  4. Shares examples of leaders with strengths in various competencies
  5. Explains how to develop strength in the Emotional Intelligence competencies