Daniel Goleman on Social Intelligence

August 31, 2010 by  

Daniel Goleman, well known for his work on Emotional Intelligence, has turned his attention towards it’s greater application in leadership. In this 10 minute video from Harvard Business Review, Goleman talks about Social Intelligence, a big breakthrough in neuroscience.

Sometimes the video takes a while to load and it’s well worth the wait.

Goleman’s five step process to enhancing social intelligence:

  1. Decide whether you are motivated to enhance your social intelligence
  2. Get feedback from others through a 360 assessment
  3. Identify your strengths, weaknesses and what you want to focus upon
  4. Create a learning agreement with yourself
  5. For the next few months pay attention to your actions

These are very similar to the steps which I outlined in Roadmap to Success and similar to the executive coaching we offer to organizations. The biggest differences are that we also recommend before-and-after 360 assessments, along with a mid-point check in.  After all, without ongoing input, a leader may think he/she is making positive change but is in fact  just doing “more of the same.”  The extra input makes a huge difference in helping a good leader to become a great leader.

Expect the Best,
Sylva Leduc

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