Steven J. Stein & Howard E. Book | 369 pages | 2011
Stein & Book in 2011 poured one of the first examinations of emotional intelligence and its role in our business lives into a trickle of academia on the subject. Scholarship on EI has since grown into a river of material as companies and institutions large and small have adopted- with varying degrees of success- policies designed to exploit and leverage the EI quotient of their people.
The capacity of a person to be aware, control, and express their emotions and to handle well interpersonal relationships is, fundamentally, what EI is- the better and more consistently one can do so, the better boss, staff worker, spouse, baseball coach, church member, etc. one can truly be, according to Stein & Book.
Sounds simple. It isn't. Stein & Book take the reader through a litany of exercises designed to plumb one's true "EQ Quotient", and offers advice on what to do with the information you learn about yourself throughout. If it sounds a little like a personality/efficiency test many of us have taken at work, it is; in that way, reading EQ Edge is kind of like work.
While the subject matter feels a little dated- so much has been published on EI since this seminal work- the book serves as a workable introduction to a concept which is raging throughout most progressive workplaces today and offers a consumable primer to more recent scholarship on the matter. EI is here to stay in today's workplace; it behooves all of us to understand its fundamentals first. Do it with this. Recommend.