Daniel Goleman is a psychologist and writer on emotional intelligence. His most recent book, Leadership: The Power of Emotional Intelligence (2011), collects articles from the Harvard Business Review and key excerpts from his books.
I have great respect for Daniel Goleman and the concept of emotional intelligence. In this interview, he seems to be softening the definition by saying that it is enough to have a few of the characteristics such as vision and intense drive to achieve and improve things.
This is where we part ways; intense drive to achieve and vision without empathy are actually the characteristic of most tyrants, dictators and cult leaders. Does that make them inspired leaders on whom you want to model yourself?
It is tempting to wonder whether Goleman is softening his definition because so many leaders are in fact, without empathy? Watch how he tiptoes around the question of whether Steve Jobs was emotionally intelligent or not.
I take a closer look at www.leadinglightly.com