Daniel Goleman

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Daniel Jay Goleman (born March 7, 1946) is an author, psychologist, and science journalist. For twelve years, he wrote for The New York Times, specializing in psychology and brain sciences. He is the author of more than 10 books on psychology, education, science, ecological crisis, and leadership.


Goleman was born in 1946 in Stockton, California, the son of Jewish college professors. He received a scholarship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to attend Amherst College. The Amherst Independent Scholar program allowed him to transfer for his junior year to the University of California at Berkeley. He then returned to Amherst where he graduated magna cum laude. He then received a scholarship from the Ford Foundation to attend Harvard University where he received his PhD studying under David C. McClelland. He studied in India using a pre-doctoral fellowship from Harvard and a post-doctoral grant from the Social Science Research Council. While in India, he spent time with spiritual teacher Neem Karoli Baba, who was also the guru to Ram Dass, Krishna Das (Singer) and Larry Brilliant. He wrote his first book based on travel in India and Sri Lanka and then returned as a visiting lecturer to Harvard where during the 1970s his topic of the psychology of consciousness was popular. McClelland recommended him for a job at Psychology Today from which he was recruited by The New York Times in 1984.

Goleman co-founded the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning at Yale University‘s Child Studies Center which then moved to the University of Illinois at Chicago. Currently he co-directs the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations at Rutgers University. He sits on the board of the Mind & Life Institute.



Goleman authored the internationally best-selling book, Emotional Intelligence (1995, Bantam Books), that spent more than one-and-a-half years on The New York Times Best Seller list. Goleman developed the argument that non-cognitive skills can matter as much as I.Q. for workplace success in Working with Emotional Intelligence (1998, Bantam Books), and for leadership effectiveness in Primal Leadership (2001, Harvard Business School Press). Goleman’s most recent best-seller is Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships (2006, Bantam Books).

He developed the Emotional Intelligence Appraisal test, specifically the Emotional Competencies (Goleman) model.

In his first book, The Varieties of Meditative Experience (1977) (republished in 1988 as The Meditative Mind in 1988) Goleman used sequential chapters to describe almost a dozen different meditation systems. He wrote that “the need for the meditator to retrain his attention, whether through concentration or mindfulness, is the single invariant ingredient in the recipe for altering consciousness of every meditation system”.

In his article “Leadership Gets Results”, originally published in March 2000, Goleman articulates six leadership styles used by managers: Coercive, Authoritative, Affiliative, Democratic, Pacesetting and Coaching.

As an educator

Goleman has published a series of dialogues with More Than Sound entitled “Wired to Connect” on the applications of social intelligence. Those already published include:

A topic of his discussion with Ekman was how to empathize with others, and how we can understand other’s emotions as well as our own. Goleman suggests that in light of tragedies like Hurricane Katrina, we must learn how to empathize with others in order to help them. Goleman and Ekman are both contributors to Greater Good magazine, Greater Good Science Center, University of California, Berkeley.

In 2012 Goleman published a new management training series called Leadership: A Master Class. Participants include George Kohlrieser, Howard Gardner, Warren Bennis, Daniel Siegel, Bill George, Teresa Amabile, Claudio Fernández-Aráoz, and Erica Ariel Fox.


Goleman has received many awards for his writing, including a Career Achievement award for journalism from the American Psychological Association. He was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in recognition of his efforts to communicate the behavioral sciences to the public.

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