Review: HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Emotional Intelligence May be the Help Businesses Are Looking For

HBR's 10 Must Reads on Emotional Intelligence (with featured article The only reason why the book earns five stars is because it is balanced, well written and is possibly the antidote to bad hiring practice(okay, so three reasons)

HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Emotional Intelligence (with featured article “What Makes a Leader?” by Daniel Goleman) by Harvard Business Review

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*Book received for an unibiased review from Netgalley

Intelligence is far overrated if forecast as the solve all end all in business. The Harvard Business Review has collated several articles concerning emotional intelligence and how important it is for upper management, mid-level management and employees to constantly review their own strengths and weaknesses because it could mean the beginning of a promotion or end of a career. The book clearly believes in the power of regular assessments.

Here’s a problem I have witnessed myself and you may have experienced too. What happens when you have a super smart person in their early thirties or younger that can complete a job perfectly but does not have people skills?


In the article, “Young and Clueless” an example of a young executive rising in the ranks but seen as self seeking and remote is an example of a person not ready for promotion.

“Our colleagues at the Center for Creative Leadership have found that about a third of senior executives derail or plateau at some point, often due to emotional deficit…”(Bunker, Kram, and Ting,pg.142)

This guide clearly defends the power of evaluations and the advice offered to those “subordinates”(I hate that term) being evaluated is simply to see it from the side of management.

A few points I disagreed on because if my boss is mad at me and will not speak to me directly, the last thing I want to do is “get the feedback I need” or ignore the hurt when I am treated unfairly. However, I’d say ninety percent of the advice in this guide is awesome and should be read by nearly everyone in business or considering employment in upper management.

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