In the book the author, Daniel Goleman, argues that Emotional Intelligence of people was more important than their IQ in order for them to have productive lives. People who were well adjusted emotionally were more likely to have better leadership skills, mental health and job performance. According to Goleman superior EI (Emotional Intelligence) was twice as necessary as skills and IQ required for completing a job. The skill could be taught in schools to enable the students to turn into stable employees and leaders in the future. The author also listed the methods EI could be integrated into the school curriculum. This theory of Goleman's has come under severe criticism as it has been contended that Emotional Intelligence is not really an Intelligence, but just a set of behavioural traits.
However the reader may look at the theory, the book had a great impact. The book was on the New York Times Bestseller list for over a year and a half.
About the Author
Daniel Goleman was born in California in 1946. He is a psychologist and has written books on emotional learnings, meditative skills and leadership. He received his Ph.D from Harvard and has taught there. He spent some time in India to learn about the various meditative methods. He is with the Rutgers University where he sits on the board of Mind and Life Institute. He has received several awards for his writings.