69. Emotional Intelligence and the Science of Meditation with Daniel Goleman

Are you emotionally intelligent? Listen to Diana interview Dr. Daniel Goleman, and learn about:

  • What it means to be emotionally intelligent
  • Why EI trumps IQ when it comes to being a good leader
  • How empathy is being impacted by current technology
  • Why we should be teaching social emotional skills in our schools
  • The neuroscience of meditation, and the differing benefits of different types of meditation
  • Three practices the Dali Lama recommends for all of us

Emotional Intelligence involves self awareness, self control, relationship management and social awareness. Being emotionally intelligent can make you a better leader, parent, friend and partner. In this episode, Diana talks with Dr. Goleman, a pioneer in the field of positive psychology, about the neuroscience of emotions and why it is important to foster emotional intelligence in kids and leaders. Dr. Goleman also explores how meditation can result in permanent trait changes so that we are better able to regulate emotions and survive an “amygdala highjack.”

About Dr. Goleman: Daniel Goleman, best known for his worldwide bestseller Emotional Intelligence, is most recently co-author of Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain and Body. A frequent speaker to businesses of all kinds and sizes, Goleman has worked with leaders around the globe, examining the way social and emotional competencies impact the bottom-line. Goleman’s articles in the Harvard Business Review are among the most frequently requested reprints of all time: his article there, “The Focused Leader”won the 2013 HBR McKinsey Award for best article of the year. Goleman has been ranked among the 25 most influential business leaders by several business publications including TIME and The Wall Street Journal.Apart from his writing on emotional intelligence, Goleman has written books on topics including self-deception, creativity, transparency, meditation, social and emotional learning, ecoliteracy and the ecological crisis.


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Episode 69