I recently attended a fantastic emotional intelligence (EI) training course focusing on delivering the EQi-2.0 assessment, delivered by Coaching Direct. As part of the course, attendees are supplied with a brand-spanking, shiny, new book – The EQ Edge by Steven J Stein Ph.D and Howard E Book, M.D – and, as a complete bibliophile, I was delighted when Kirsty asked if I would write a short review on the book.
EI is quickly becoming recognised as being a major player when it comes to an individual’s success in life. We now know that it is not only IQ which determines your success in life, but how you approach life, use all your resources and bounce back from the curveballs which life can throw. (N.B. I know a fantastic manager who regularly tells his salespeople “attitude, not aptitude, determines your altitude”. His team always out-performs the competition!).
But…back to the book! It is worth noting that there is no need to have any prior knowledge, or experience of EI or the EQi model before opening the book. The authors cover both in just the right amount of detail.
The EQi-2.0 model incorporates 5 realms and 15 associated subscales on which your EI is built. Each realm and subscale is dealt with in separate chapters. What I really love about The EQ Edge, are the many varied ‘real-life’ examples contained within each chapter. This allows the reader to understand the subject area in context, which I found to be very useful and so interesting. Examples are also taken from numerous fields – sport, leadership, education, health, politics, the military – even reality TV. There were several moments during reading, when I wanted to tell whoever was closest to me, what I’d just read – you will no doubt also want to do this. Chapters are broken down into sub-headings, which serve to easily present these examples, and other important points which the authors wish to discuss.
Included in each chapter are self-assessments and self-assignments, designed to give you as the reader the opportunity to reflect on your own approach to the subscales of your EI such as your empathy, or assertiveness. This is a hugely beneficial resource and I am currently working my way through a few of these.
The book is written in such a pleasant conversational manner, it feels like you are listening to the authors talk – personally, I find this perfect when I am learning about a new subject – there is nothing worse than feeling like you are being lectured.
As two of the most prominent creators of the original EQi and now EQi-2.0, Steven Stein and Howard Book have written this volume without a doubt to accompany their world-class EQi training which is delivered and facilitated by many organisations. However, I have found this book to be a superb resource for anyone who is interested in ‘upping their game’ in their own emotional intelligence, as well as for coaches who may be interested in this rapidly developing field, and how to help their clients leverage the different aspects of their EI to the benefit of themselves and others – with or without the support of an EQi-2.0 assessment. Highly recommended to all and one which I will happily refer back to again and again.
Book review by: Nicola Blakely, Verve Coaching and Consultancy
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