“Working with Emotional Intelligence” by Daniel Goleman ~ Wednesday’s Book of the Week

First published in 1998 and reissued in 2006, Daniel Goleman was among the group of the first to start talking about emotional intelligence. For that very fact is why I chose this book for the book of the week. It’s a little dry in places and at the beginning he talks a little too much, in my opinion, on why Emotional Intelligence is important. For two reasons I look past this. First, it was first written when it wasn’t the buzz word that it is today. So my mind frame of today may be different from 1998’s readers. The second is that I get trying to pull in a reader who is deciding whether or not to buy, however if I bought the book I really don’t need to read over and over why it is important. But maybe that’s really something the editor should have pointed out. However I am now to a little more meat of the book and feel I can share a little more insight that I was hoping to gain from this book.

Why Executives Fail

“This example fits well with the conclusions of a landmark study of top executives who derailed. The two most common traits of those who failed:

  • Rigidity: They were unable to adapt their style to changes in organization culture, or they were unable to take in or respond to feedback about traits they needed to change or improve. They couldn’t listen or learn.
  • Poor relationships: The single most frequently mentioned factor: being too harshly critical, insensitive, or demanding , so that they alienated those they worked with. “¹

Just because you have the smarts or are an expert in your field, doesn’t make you a great leader. Here’s a study found in Daniel Goleman’s Working withEmotional Intelligence.

“Claudio Fernández-Aráoz, in charge of executive searches throughout Latin America from Egon Zehnder International’s Buenos Aires office, compared 227 highly successful executives with 23 that failed in their jobs. He found that the managers who failed were almost always high in expertise and IQ. In every case their fatal weakness was in emotional intelligence – arrogance, overreliance on brainpower, inability to adapt to the occasionally disorienting economic shifts in that region, and disdain for collaboration or teamwork.”²

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Sarah Jackson

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Every week I talk about a book that we’re reading on leadership and self-development. You can follow along by going to the Book of the Week page at the top. And order a book (either kindle, audible, or paperback) by clicking on the photo of that book. 


  1. Working with Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman pg 40
  2. Working with Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman pg 41

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