I’ve compiled a list of nine of my favorite books that will help you improve your emotional intelligence.
1. Go Suck a Lemon: Strategies for Improving Your Emotional Intelligence, by Michael Cornwall
This is a super insightful read. It will teach you how to improve your cognitive abilities:
1) Your perspective on the surroundings.
2) Your emotional intelligence.
In the first chapter of the book, an overview is given of what emotional intelligence is and why it’s important to develop.
I love this book because:
A) Not only does it focus on the idea of emotional intelligence, but it also provides readers with tasks that they can perform to improve their skills.
B) I like how the book is broken down into chapters that are simple to read, and it provides a lot of useful examples.
2. Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman
The book “Thinking, Fast and Slow” is all about how two different mental processes—intuition and slow thinking—impact our judgment, as well as how we may effectively rule both of them.
The author of this book is a successful guy who knows what to do. So you should listen to his advice.
In this piece of work, he guides us through how to think so as to avoid making mistakes in circumstances in which the stakes are really high.
It’s highly recommended that you read this book if you have a tendency to make hasty judgments that you later come to regret, or if you are too exhausted to spend a lot of time carefully analyzing the benefits and drawbacks of the various options available to you.
3. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, by Stephen R. Covey
I strongly feel that you would benefit from reading the book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” It gives you a framework that you can use to understand success, and then you can use what you’ve learned to improve yourself.
The following are the important takeaways from “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”:
1. Don’t overwork yourself. Strive towards a sustainable way of living that allows you to rest, rejuvenate, and be more effective in the long run.
2. Take the initiative. You have an innate desire to exert influence over the world around you, so don’t waste your time responding to external events and circumstances. Take hold of your life and accept responsibility for it.
3. Don’t squander your life away. Create a vision for the future and align your activities to make it a reality.
4. Set priorities for your work. This is really important to me, and I hope it is also important to you! Yes, it is wise to concentrate on what is vital. I’m talking about the things that move you closer to your future vision.
Also, avoid becoming sidetracked by urgent but unimportant duties.
5. Think in terms of a win-win situation. When negotiating with others, attempt to establish a split that is agreeable to all parties rather than trying to acquire the biggest slice of the cake. You will still get your fair share while developing strong, beneficial relationships.
6. Seek to understand first, then to be understood. When someone brings a problem to our attention, we frequently respond by offering a remedy immediately. This is a serious error. First, we ought to make it a point to give the other person our undivided attention and focus before offering any suggestions.
7. Synergize. Adopt the guiding premise that the contributions of many people in a group will far outweigh those of any one, and use this as your compass. Because of this, you will be able to do things that you would never have been able to do on your own.
4. Emotional Judo: Communication Skills to Handle Difficult, by Tim Higgs
“Emotional Judo” is a series of communication methods.
It can help you:
a) Be aware of your own and others’ feelings in difficult conversations.
b) Recognize when and how to speak.
In addition to skill instruction, author Tim Higgs provides real-life case studies of people who have used “Emotional Judo” to overcome obstacles in their personal or corporate relationships.
I believe that everyone will find something personal in this book. So I wish you luck!
5. Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard, by Chip Heath
Many people believe that change is difficult. It’s true, but not exactly. Often, switching is not as difficult as it seems.
I’ve made sure that sometimes things seem scarier than they really are. For example, when I was a kid, I thought it was impossible to swim across the lake. It seemed to me that I would drown. It’s similar to people who want to start a business or change something in their lives. But sometimes it seems impossible, which is an illusion.
So, I suggest you dive into the world of truth with the book “Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard.”
Why do I offer to read this intelligence work?
a) It’s dedicated to both individuals and organizations.
b) This is not a dry, boring piece of writing.
c) Its conclusions are all based on research.
Dan and Chip Heath use current research and engaging examples to demonstrate that when the three components of change—the intellectual side (the Rider), the emotional side (the Elephant), and the situational reality (the Path)—are aligned, people will welcome major change. The Heath brothers concentrate on how to improve each of these three components using basic rules and plenty of real-world examples.
6. Emotional Intelligence 2.0, by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves
Emotional intelligence is an essential component of our interactions with other people and is important to one’s level of success in all kinds of interpersonal relationships. The creators of this book set out to write it with one goal in mind, and that was to raise the emotional intelligence of every reader. Find out a plethora of information, including the following:
– What does the most up-to-date research have to say about emotional intelligence and the influence it has on our lives.
– You will obtain valuable information regarding the four essential competencies that make up emotional intelligence.
This book has received almost 10,000 reviews on Amazon, and customers can’t stop gushing about how much they love it. Even the Dalai Lama read it, and he said that it helped him understand how to creatively deal with various feelings. This handbook is ideal for leaders who may be unfamiliar with the topic but are interested in gaining a comprehensive understanding of it.
7. Emotional Intelligence Mastery, by Eric Jordan
The author of the book leads you on a journey to discover how to make the most of your emotional intelligence (EQ), whether you’re trying to advance in your career or do well at social gatherings. Reading this book and going through each chapter will teach you the following about growing emotional intelligence:
– The importance of recognizing and accepting your authentic feelings in all scenarios and contexts.
– How to create more meaningful interactions with less effort.
– Become aware of how your body responds to different situations and how you might change that.
– Ways to overcome negative emotions and “thought traps.”
This book takes a realistic look at the ways in which emotional intelligence influences our day-to-day lives. It’s an excellent resource, particularly for individuals who are interested in developing their EQ in preparation for working in a professional or corporate environment.
I believe with all my heart that by reading these books on emotional intelligence, you will reshape your future. So, save this page. Or if you read all these books, I will offer more articles about the same topic!