The best books on emotional intelligence 📚

Browse the best books on emotional intelligence as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Book cover of The School of Life: An Emotional Education

The School of Life: An Emotional Education

By The School of Life

Why this book?

Since discovering Religion for Atheists, while researching my first book, I have loved me some Alain de Botton, but I recommend this one because I think it offers the most in terms of practical wisdom across a host of categories. Alain has spent his life doing for others what I spend a lot of time doing for myself: Trying to discover universal truths that lead to a greater enjoyment of life without having to resort to religious dogma or magical thinking. He explains plainly how to love life for what it offers, wholly accept what it does not, and…

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The best books for finding your own philosophy of life

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Book cover of Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ

Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ

By Daniel Goleman

Why this book?

People frequently make decisions emotionally and then justify those decisions with logic. That’s why emotional intelligence is so important in understanding how to influence others. Goleman’s book popularized the concept of emotional intelligence and made it more accessible. In it, he discusses the importance of knowing yourself and your feelings and being able to regulate your emotions productively. The core of the book addresses social skills, empathy, and understanding what motivates others when they make decisions—and these are crucial skills in influencing others. While Goleman’s book does not directly address influencing skills, he lays the foundations for the social and…

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The best books on influencing people ethically

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Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happines

By Daniel Goleman, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Chade-Meng Tan

Why this book?

Using simple exercises that are perfectly adapted to our pace of life, it teaches us to meditate in mindfulness and to reap all the benefits: relaxation, sharpened concentration, development of creativity and empathy, building healthy and fruitful relationships. This book is an invaluable guide to reach our best potential in our professional and personal lives. And, best of all this author has a great sense of humor.

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The best books on Buddhist philosophy, meditation, and mindfulness

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Working With Emotional Intelligence

By Daniel Goleman

Why this book?

Besides motivation, leaders inspire or turn off the people around them. A person’s competencies (behavioral habits with a common unconscious intent) describe and enable a person to lead others effectively, or not. This book is a marvelous integration of the research of others and touching stories to illustrate how emotional intelligence affects our lives and work. Taking a behavioral approach, Dan shows how EI and SI competencies matter. It provides guidance amid an onslaught of dense academic research and pop psych marketing about EI. This is the real thing! It helps explain how there are key competencies (i.e, behavioral habits)…

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The best books on building leadership skills through models

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Wolfsbane (Discarded Heroes Vol. 3)

By Ronie Kendig

Why this book?

The Discarded Heroes series holds a special place for me, as these books gave me the push I needed to face my fears and finally pursue publishing my writing. The entire Nightshade team was written so authentically, they feel like part of my extended family. I’m recommending book three specifically, because of Canyon and Dani. Their ability to acknowledge their weaknesses, take responsibility for their mistakes, and push through anything to finish their mission still inspires me.

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Ruby Finds a Worry

By Tom Percival

Why this book?

As an expert worrier, I really related to this book about a spunky girl named Ruby who one day discovers a worry. What I love about this book is that the worry is illustrated, so we can see its intimidating facial expression and watch it grow in size. The worry follows Ruby to all her favorite places—the school bus, the swing set, the movies—and it prevents her from doing what she loves. But it’s not until she spots another worry sitting with a boy that she is able to face her fear about the worry and do the best thing…

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The best picture books about facing your fears

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