2011 Ranking: #39
Author, psychologist, and science journalist, Daniel Goleman is best known as the champion of Emotional Intelligence. Among the most influential management thinkers in recent decades, Goleman previously wrote for The New York Times, specializing in psychology and brain sciences.
A two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, Goleman wrote the book Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ (1996), and the follow-up Harvard Business Review article, "What Makes A Leader?" (Nov 1998). Traditional characteristics associated with leadership, such as vision determination and intelligence, are insufficient for effective leadership, he explained. Emotional intelligence is also required - self-awareness; self-management; social awareness; and relationship management - give rise to different styles of leadership.
Golemanís other books include: Working with Emotional Intelligence (1998); and Primal Leadership: The Hidden Driver of Great Performance (2001), (co-authored with Richard E. Boyatzis and Annie McKee); Social Intelligence: The New Science of Social Relationships (2006); and Ecological Intelligence: How Knowing the Hidden Impacts of What We Buy Can Change Everything (2009).
More recently, Leadership: The Power of Emotional Intelligence (2011) provided a compendium of Goleman's key thinking.