Emotional Intelligence – Recommended Books

Book list:

Emotional Intelligence: Why it Can Matter More Than IQ Mass Market Paperback – 12 Sep 1996

by Daniel Goleman (Author)


A Great Eye Opener But Not A Guide OR Self Help Book

I found this book fascinating and a real help in understanding both my own character and that of others and how their backgrounds may have shaped their personalities over years of learning how to survive emotionally. In short, it has made me be less judgemental about people and their attitudes, reactions and the way they handle situations.

The only thing I would say is that though the book is an eye opener to why we are the way we are and that perhaps it’s not our fault, (or anyone else’s for that matter) it is only an eye opener and an introduction to the possibility of change through understanding and further research and does not really offer any practical advice that can be applied by ourselves to ourselves to help self improve and the only advice to help with others, mainly children, is from what we can glean from the anecdotal evidence from various studies, groups and experimental approaches tried by various schools, universities and programmes. There is no summing up of all the findings to create some kind of guide as to how to help your children, or indeed yourself, to be a more emotionally intelligent being.

Emotional Intelligence Coaching: Improving Performance for Leaders, Coaches and the Individual Paperback – 3 Sep 2011

by Stephen Neale (Author), Lisa Spencer-Arnell (Author), Liz Wilson (Author)


EI – a very useful book’

I found this book both really interesting but also very useful – a rare achievement in book books of this nature.

A useful emotional intelligence workbook for coaches and business professionals:

In Tom Hanks’s 1992 hit baseball film A League of Their Own, an exasperated coach tells his all-female team, “There’s no crying in baseball.” Maybe not, but emotion plays a role in every other business. Emotional intelligence (EI) is the ability to understand your emotions and those of other people. EI derives from seeing and interpreting cues that indicate how you feel and how others feel. Such insights can be powerful tools for helping people reach their potential. This small volume by coaching experts Stephen Neale, Lisa Spencer-Arnell and Liz Wilson contains explanations, examples, case studies and worksheets to help you develop EI and use it in coaching. Though this primer can be repetitive and does cover some familiar ground, getAbstract believes that those new to coaching or to studying emotional intelligence will find it quite useful

Emotional Intelligence: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Emotions and Raising Your EQ (Positive Psychology Coaching Series Book 8) Kindle Edition

by Ian Tuhovsky (Author), Kover to Kover Editing (Editor)


‘Great book!’

This is a really good book. It’s the first I have read by the Author. I found it a really easy read and was surprised at how easy the exercises were to do. With many books where exercises are included I tend to skip them as they require too much effort but the exercises in this book were balanced and just right. There was so much more than just emotional intelligence included too. I can’t wait to read other titles by the same Author!

Some good points here to consider:

Some good points here to consider, though I wasn’t keen on the rather short style and brief chapters at times. There are some good points, tips and exercises & stories included, but the fact that each chapter moves onto something new, at times, after only a few pages meant that I couldn’t really get into it. A little pricey for the content compared to other books

The Little Book of Emotional Intelligence: How to Flourish in a Crazy World Paperback – 8 Mar 2018

by Andy Cope (Author), Amy Bradley (Author)



Great self-help book on how to achieve and maintain intelligent living through transformative thinking. Lots of guidance and some exercises to follow. I am pleased with my purchase and would buy again.

Interesting take on Happiness from the EI perspective:

Interesting take on Happiness from the EI perspective. Some similar themes, but good reinforcement – I recommended this book to others as quick to read and easy to implement ideas

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