Daniel Goleman

Daniel Goleman

Daniel Goleman is an internationally known psychologist who lectures frequently to professional groups, business audiences, and on college campuses. As a science journalist Goleman reported on the brain and behavioral sciences for The New York Times for many years. He currently co-directs the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations at Rutgers. The Consortium “fosters research partnerships between academic scholars and practitioners on the role emotional intelligence plays in excellence.” Goleman’s most recent book, co-authored with Richard J. Davidson, is Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body. He organized a series of intensive conversations between scientists and his longtime friend, the Dalai Lama, and published A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama’s Vision for Our World.

His book, Emotional Intelligence, created quite a stir in the business management community. Published in 1995, it held down a solid spot on The New York Times bestseller list for a year and a half. There are over five million copies circulating in forty language all over the world, making the best selling list in many other countries, as well. The Harvard Business Review called emotional intelligence”” which discounts IQ as the sole measure of one’s abilities ”” “a revolutionary, paradigm-shattering idea” and chose his article “What Makes a Leader” as one of ten “must-read” articles from its pages. Emotional Intelligence was named one of the 25 “Most Influential Business Management Books” by TIME Magazine. 

He co-founded the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning at the Yale Child Studies Center, but has since moved to the University of Illinois at Chicago to work with the UIC Social and Emotional Learning Research Group, directed by Dr. Roger P. Weissberg. CASEL makes it their mission to bring evidence-based literature on the importance of emotional intelligence and emotional literacy to the education system.  He is also a member of the Mind & Life Institute, which provides a space for researchers, contemplative practitioners, and scientists to collaborate and have a constructive dialogue.

Goleman’s awards and honors from his illustrious career are practically uncountable, but significant ones include the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Accenture Institute for Strategic Change listing him among their most influential business leaders. His life’s work as a science journalist has earned him the Washburn Award for Science Journalism in 1997, a Lifetime Career Award from the American Psychological Association in 2008, and being made a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his dedication to communicating science to the general public.

Goleman graduated Amherst College magna cum laude (’68) with a scholarship from the Alfred P. Sloan foundation, and transferred to the University of California at Berkeley his junior year on the Amherst Independent Scholar program. He then received a scholarship from the Ford Foundation to attend Harvard University (’74) to acquire his doctorate. He was able to study in India with a pre-doctoral fellowship from Harvard and a post-doctoral grant from the Social Science Research Council. He spent time with spiritual teacher Sri Neem Karoli Baba Maharajji, who was also the mentor and guru to Ram Dass, Krishna Das, and Larry Brilliant. After traveling through India and Sri Lanka, Goleman lectured at Harvard, and his studies on the topic of psychology of the consciousness gained him some recognition before he moved on to working at Psychology Today and, later, the New York Times.

In addition to his numerous professional and academic achievements, Goleman stresses how important his private and personal life is to him on his personal website. He writes,

“While a bio like this focuses on one’s public life, I find that over the years my private life has grown increasingly important to me, particularly as the years allow me to spend less time running around and more time just being. I find more and more that what satisfies me has little to do with how well one or another book does””though the good works I participate in continue to matter much.”

At Key Step Media, Goleman is one of our most prolific authors. His most recent book, co-authored with neuroscientist Richard J. Davidson, is Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body. In Altered Traits, Goleman and Davidson review the top scientific literature on how meditation impacts not just our mental states, but also lasting personality traits. Key Step Media’s audio version is read by Daniel Goleman.


Our release, Crucial Competence: Building Social and Emotional Leadership, features Goleman speaking at length with collaborators Richard Davidson, Richard Boyatzis, George Kohlrieser, and Vanessa Druskat about how twelve emotional competencies foster the development individual and organizational leadership skills.


Goleman’s book, A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama’s Vision for Our Worlddraws on his friendship with the Dalai Lama. He relays conversations they’ve had about His Holiness’s core values and the scientific data reinforcing these concepts. Goleman presents examples of companies whose work illustrates the Dalai Lama’s teachings, by developing businesses that benefit people and the environment. He also offers practical advice for applying these tenets to your everyday life including:

  • Educate the heart by teaching ethics, conflict resolution, and compassionate values in schools.
  • Help people help themselves by empowering the world’s most vulnerable.
  • Rethink economics and make business meaningful, not just profitable.
  • Heal the Earth through a more precise analysis of how to lessen our impacts.
  • Be compassionate with others and yourself.
  • Be tough in applying transparency and accountability in the service of fairness.
  • Act now to help those in need in whatever ways you can.


In addition to A Force for Good, we published The Executive Edge: An Insider’s Guide to Outstanding LeadershipThis 294-page book features Goleman’s in-depth conversations with respected leaders in executive management, organizational research, workplace psychology, negotiation, and senior hiring. The Executive Edge examines the best practices of top-performing executives. It offers practical guidance for developing the distinguishing competencies that make a leader outstanding.

Every leader needs threshold abilities to get by at work. But in today’s complex business landscape, getting by isn’t enough. It’s the distinguishing competencies that are crucial for success. You need elements that will give you “the executive edge.”

Interviewees include Bill George, Warren Bennis, Teresa Amabile, Claudio Fernández-Aráoz, Howard Gardner, George Kohlrieser, Daniel J. Siegel, Erica Ariel Fox, and Peter Senge.


Goleman is also the lead instructor for his Leadership: A Master Class (Training Guide available here). The Master Class is an eight-part video collection with more than eight hours of research findings, case studies and valuable industry expertise through in-depth interviews with respected leaders in executive management, organizational research, workplace psychology, negotiation and senior hiring.

“Leadership: A Master Class allows individuals and organizations alike access to top-level training on developing emotionally intelligent management skills from world-class experts,” says Goleman. “Executives, HR directors and leadership coaches now have at their fingertips a comprehensive, easy-to-use library of proven-effective techniques from these masters in their respective fields.”

The Master Class includes the segments (all of which can be purchased individually from the class):

The video collection also includes a bonus interview with Peter Senge, Senior Lecturer in Leadership and Sustainability at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Michele Nevarez


Inspired to transform business into a force for greater good, Michele Nevarez specializes in positive organizational development and executive coaching, leveraging what we know about the brain, Emotional Intelligence, and Resonant Leadership.

Specializing in coaching highly-driven executives and professionals, Michele leverages the framework of Emotional Intelligence to guide leaders as they tap into their self-efficacy by developing self-awareness, focus, and resilience. Michele is also an Adjunct Faculty Member for Cultivating Well Being in the Workplace: A Neuroscientific Approach, a program developed in conjunction with Dr. Richard Davidson and Center for Healthy Minds, offered through University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business.

Michele brings over 20 years of executive Human Resources leadership and c-suite experience working for industry leaders in healthcare, manufacturing, investment management, government contracting, and management consulting. Michele received a B.A. in Religion from Bryn Mawr College and a Master of Science degree in Positive Organizational Development and Change from the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, and is a founding member of Rangjung Yeshe Institute in Boudhanath, Nepal.

Richard Boyatzis

Richard E. Boyatzis is a distinguished University Professor in the Departments of Organizational Behavior, Psychology, and Cognitive Science at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. He also serves as the Academic Assistant of the Department of People Management and Organization at ESADE.

Dr. Boyatzis fathered his Intentional Change and Complexity Theory (ICT), which predicts how change occurs in different groups of human organizations.  Dr. Boyatzis has a Bachelor’s in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT, and a Master’s and Doctorate in Social Psychology from Harvard University. He was ranked #9 Most Influential International Thinkers by an 11,000 HR Director Survey in HR Magazine.

At Key Step Media, Boyatzis is featured in Foundations of Emotional Intelligence and as part of Key Step Media’s video series on developing emotionally intelligent leadership skills, Crucial Competence: Building Social and Emotional Leadership.

Boyatzis is the instructor of the master class, Resonant Leadership: Inspiring Others Through Emotional IntelligenceThe 3-CD set offers you the tools to become the leader you want to be””including exercises to reassess valuable and effective techniquesResonant Leadership is also a part of the C-Suite, EI Overview, and the Coaching Program bundles.

Richard J. Davidson

Dr. Davidson is a decorated neuroscientist and a leading expert on the impact of contemplative practices on the brain. He is the William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and the Director of the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also founded the Center for Healthy Minds.

Given his friendship with the Dalai Lama and that he’s recognized around the world for his expertise in contemplative neuroscience and his oratory skills, it comes as no surprise that Time magazine named him one of the most influential people in the world in 2006 or that his book, The Emotional Life of Your Brain, put him on the New York Times best-sellers list.

At Key Step Media, Dr. Davidson is the co-author with Daniel Goleman of the audio version of Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body read by Goleman.

Dr. Davidson discusses the current state of neuroscientific research on emotional intelligence with Daniel Goleman in The Neuroscience of Emotional Intelligence. He is a featured contributor as part of Key Step Media’s series, Crucial Competence: Building Social and Emotional Leadership, designed to cultivate the development of emotionally intelligent leadership skills.

Dr. Davidson is featured in an exclusive audio conversation with Daniel Goleman in Training the Brain: Cultivating Emotional Intelligence. He’s also featured in Goleman’s The Brain and Emotional Intelligence and Mirabai Bush‘s Working with Mindfulness.