ECONOMY

Workplace guru to give Athens talk

Prize-winning psychologist and author Daniel Goleman will be in Athens next week as the keynote speaker at an event titled «Primal Leadership: Learning to Lead with Emotional Intelligence,» invited by Prothesis SA. Goleman, a visiting lecturer at Harvard University and chairman of the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations, based at Rutgers University, is considered the father of emotional intelligence and his five books have sold 7 million copies worldwide. He coined the term «emotional Intelligence» in the book by the same title in 1995, bringing to light the main factor for the success of many leaders and organizations. He suggested that IQ and technical skills are important indeed, but emotional intelligence is a «sine qua non,» as traditionally «essential» leadership skills such as smartness, toughness, decisiveness and vision do not suffice anymore. «What distinguishes really effective leaders is also their high degree of emotional intelligence. This includes know-how, self-control, motivation and social skills, the components of emotional intelligence that are gained as they can be taught and learned,» argues Goleman in one of his books. Goleman has said in an interview that companies ought to mark the role played by emotional intelligence in successful leaders. They should also incorporate it into their systems, culture and operating mode, and make two things clear: that they hire or promote employees based on the skills emerging from their emotional intelligence and that they mean it when they say they assist employees to develop their strong points in the domain of emotional intelligence. In the event to take place on June 20 at the ACS Arts Center in Halandri, Athens, Goleman will present to the Greek public, and particularly to leaders, business executives and employees, the conclusions of his most recent research about the significance of emotional intelligence both on personal, professional and social level. For more information visit www.prothesis.gr (also in English).