I read a lot of books! I honestly find it hard to keep track of them all sometimes! (That’s part of why I really love Goodreads…) When I read great books, I definitely love sharing them with friends who I know are interested in similar things, as integrating new ideas found in books can honestly be life-changing. As a University student, I always have readings in textbooks and journal articles for my lectures and workshops – and assessments, of course. So you could imagine I would not be too interested in going beyond that and reading more. But I have found so much to enrich my personal learning and even my studies from other books.
As a student of HRM, I have to say that Daniel Goleman’s books have really given me so much value. I’ve read several of his books. He writes really simply while obviously referencing a lot of background research. Several of his books relate to ideas centred around emotional intelligence and leadership, and building on this, he has gone on to present research on social intelligence and how our brains are wired for social relationships.
Some Background to the Topic
Emotional Intelligence as a concept has been around since the 90s, and so many books have been written about the subject. A lot of research has gone into the topic, and related topics, and especially the relationship between emotional intelligence and leadership. The amazing thing about EQ is that although there are trait-like qualities that could seem innate, there are ways that one can develop their EQ – both their ability to manage and understand their own emotions, as well as understanding and even handling the emotions of others.
One area of EQ that deeply intrigues me and definitely is a cause for me want to investigate it more deeply is the connection between EQ and neuroscience. It is amazing to consider the complexity of the human brain, and even how there are different elements that make it up. There is the basest part of our brain that controls instinctual elements and fight/flight response, what is often called the reptilian brain. Then there is the more feeling part of our brain that processes sensory inputs in terms of how it makes us feel, and can even register the feelings of others, and it can do some really amazing things! Then there is the more rational part of our brain that applies logic to make decisions. In the past, often emotions were considered a hindrance to making good decisions. But research has gone on to suggest that in fact emotions are just as much a part of good decision-making as rationality, and thus, EQ is a key to both good management and leadership. Continue reading