Daniel Goleman on High Performance Through Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence is a buzzy phrase, but what does it really mean and how can we develop it? Best-selling author and internationally recognized psychologist Daniel Goleman says there are four parts to emotional intelligence: self-awareness, managing your emotions, noticing other people’s feelings and effectively managing your relationships. In this interview with SUCCESS.com digital content director Shelby Skrhak, Goleman dives into how much emotional intelligence affects our daily lives.

This interview appears on the SUCCESS Talks Collection, available in the May 2017 edition of SUCCESS magazine.

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  • Emotional intelligence has long been touted as vital to entrepreneurial success and effective leadership. Why is that and how can we develop it?
  • Learn how the age of technology severely narrows how we communicate with other people. We were inherently designed for face-to-face communication. What changed and how can we retain those connections?
  • Listen to learn why mindfulness is so important and how it’s not as difficult or time-consuming as you might think.

Favorite quote from this episode:

“The mind is like a muscle. You can exercise a muscle the same way you lift weights in the gym, and the basic move in that exercise is focusing on something, watching your mind wander off and bringing it back. It’s called mindfulness. You can use your breath as an anchor.”

—Daniel Goleman

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Journalist, podcaster and southpaw Shelby Skrhak is the former director of digital content and social media for SUCCESS.com. Before joining SUCCESS magazine, Shelby launched the weekly suburban newspaper Plano Insider, and covered topics ranging from cops and courts to transportation and fashion. Her handwriting should be a font.

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