Emotional Intelligence 2.0 Review: EQ is More than a Buzzword

As you may have learned from my post: Growing as a Manager (Part 1) – Practicing Emotional Intelligence, I value Emotional Intelligence (EQ) as a tangible skill, and consider it to be more than just a buzzword.

Emotional Intelligence 2.0 Review

The book that opened up my eyes to the shift that developing EQ requires is: Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry & Jean Graves.

Product: Emotional Intelligence 2.0

Vendor: Amazon.com

Price: $17.99

Recommendation (Yes/No): Yes!

Brief Description:

More than a textbook, Emotional Intelligence 2.0 is a tutorial that walks the reader through “four, core EQ skills” that the authors feel embody an Emotionally Intelligent business person.  These four skills are:

1) Self-Awareness
2) Self-Management
3) Social Awareness
4) Relationship Management

Who Is This Product For?

This book can be used nicely in a variety of settings:

  1. Large Group: corporations often have affinity or leadership development groups; the structure of the book lends itself very well to this type of environment, where team members can share their experiences and developments and lean on one another as they progress
  2. Small Group: The type of growth that Emotional Intelligence 2.0 yields in terms of personal revelations would make it a good candidate for a mentor/mentee relationship due to the types of conversations it will evoke
  3. Solo: A leader working on him or herself alone could certainly benefit from this book, perhaps with the assistance of a journal.

Final Review

Soft skills are an often overlooked but desperately needed skill for every leader in today’s workplace.  The thoughtful and well-constructed writing style of Emotional Intelligence 2.0 makes it a great candidate for anybody working in a corporate environment.  With time and an investment of less than $20, you can be on your way to becoming a more well-rounded leader!


Please comment below and let me know how difficult (or easy) it has been for you to tackle the intricacies of developing Emotional Intelligence in the workplace.  Also, if you check out Emotional Intelligence 2.0 please let me know what you think in the comments below!


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