20 Best Emotional Intelligence Books

The 20 Best Emotional Intelligence Books to Read Before You Turn 30
Are you an entrepreneur? CEO? Parent? Project manager? Manage an HR function? There’s a gold nugget for everyone here.
 In my twenties — well before founding a company and writing about servant leadership — my library was mostly composed of books about sports, science-fiction, and whatever young, self-centered men were reading in the nineties.

Personal improvement and leadership development were not blips on my radar screen before hitting thirty. I was too busy chasing skirts and mastering the social scene.

As you may have guessed, that led me down the boulevard of broken relationships (including one divorce), critical errors in judgment, and a few horrendous career moves.

Reinventing myself into my thirties, I discovered the need for emotional intelligence and raising my emotional quotient (EQ) to make positive choices in life. Looking back at my wasted twenties,  I would have begged for a library like the one below.

Now, many of these books are lifelines that have kept me on top of my game as I navigate the entrepreneurial space and juggle a happy marriage and parenting. While not an exhaustive list, it covers what I would consider the best, most popular, and most influential books on emotional intelligence.

Before you hit 30, hit these up!


1. Working With Emotional Intelligence: Daniel Goleman packs this one with fascinating case histories of triumphs, disasters, and dramatic turnarounds from more than 500 organizations around the world. Quite possibly his best work.

Emotional Intelligence 2.0

Emotional Intelligence 2.0

2. Emotional Intelligence 2.0: Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves deliver a step-by-step program for increasing your EQ. It includes an online assessment to give you a baseline of your current EQ status. A great starter on EQ

3. Coaching for Emotional Intelligence: The Secret to Developing the Star Potential in Your Employees: This book provides a carefully planned strategy to help managers address the issues that make coaching for EI more challenging than coaching for performance alone.

TheEdge4. The EQ Edge: Authors Steven Stein and Howard Book offer fascinating-and sometimes surprising-insights into what it takes to be a top law-enforcement officer, lawyer, school principal, student, doctor, dentist or CEO. You will learn what the top EQ factors are across many different kinds of jobs, from business managers and customer service representatives to HR professionals and public servants.

5. Go Suck a Lemon: Strategies for Improving your Emotional Intelligence:Michael Cornwall has a somewhat no-holds barred approach to writing, but its meant to really stop you on your tracks and self-assess whether you’re truly emotionally intelligent. Very reality-based with clear examples.

6. The Brain and Emotional Intelligence: New Insights: Goleman brings his easy to understand writing style to bear on more recent (2011) neurological research on emotional intelligence.

7. Primal Leadership: The bottom line of Primal Leadership is that one of the most important tasks of a leader is to create good feelings in the people they lead. They do this by maintaining those same positive feelings in themselves. In addition they have to create change, sustain change, and build an EI competent organization.

8. The EQ Edge: Emotional Intelligence and Your Success:  In this book, you’ll learn find new ways to help build stronger relationships, get ahead at work, feel more confident, and even be a better leader.

9. The EQ Difference: A Powerful Plan for Putting Emotional Intelligence to Work: The author showcases the profound effect emotions can have on all aspects of work life, from performance to coworker relationships, and discusses ways that anyone can start improving their interpersonal relationships with simple changes in thought and action.

10. The Language of Emotional Intelligence: The Five Essential Tools for Building Powerful and Effective Relationships: An excellent resource on using EQ to build better relationships with just about everyone in your life, from employees to your family. Jeanne Segal shows you how to use five basic tools of EQ to enhance  communication, reading non-verbal cues, and diffusing conflicts before they get out of hand.

11. The Emotional Intelligence Quick Book: Similar to their Emotional Intelligence 2.0, Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves help readers to assess their own EQ, learn more about what EQ means, and get advice on developing their EQ at work, home, and for personal well-being.

12. The New Psycho-Cybernetics: This is an updated version of the influential book that Maxwell Maltz published in 1960. The theory of psycho-cybernetics examines the process of controlling thoughts and emotions. This book will teach you how to transform them from negative to positive.

13. Building Emotional Intelligence: Written for parents, it’s important to help your children develop the foundations of EQ at an early age and author Linda Lantieri shows you how. Also useful for adults interested in boosting their EQ.

14. Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ: First published in 1995, Daniel Goleman, the patriarch of EQ, offers extensive research and his own personal experience examining why EQ is so important to our success and happiness.  His ultimate message is for us to take care to nurture our children so that they will have a healthy emotional base as they grow.

15. 105 Tips For Creating An Emotionally Intelligent Organization: More Success By Focusing On Work Attitude And Motivation: Each of the authors works as trainer, consultant or coach and walks you through steps to create more emotional intelligent workplaces. Great for people in human resources management as it covers recruiting, training, coaching, managing, building teams, handling conflicts, retention, and even outplacement.

RaiseChildWithEQ16. How to Raise a Child with a High EQ: A Parents’ Guide to Emotional Intelligence: Filled with games, checklists and practical parenting techniques, this book will help your child to cope with — and overcome — the emotional stress of modern times and the normal problems of growing up.

17. The EQ Interview: Finding Employees with High Emotional Intelligence: The EQ Interview gives readers the skills and understanding they need to assess candidates’ emotional intelligence and ensure that they’re the right fit for the job. The book then arms interviewers with more than 250 behavior-based questions specially formulated to help determine how applicants have used their EQ in past experiences.

18. Quick Emotional Intelligence Activities for Busy Managers: 50 Team Exercises That Get Results in Just 15 Minutes: This simple, easy-to-use book gives managers, supervisors, and team leaders activities to help their teams overcome emotional obstacles and become more effective. Readers will find powerful, proven exercises they can use to help their employees.

19. Building Emotional Intelligence: Techniques to Cultivate Inner Strength in Children: Pioneering educator Linda Lantieri and Daniel Goleman help children respond to and rebound from the challenges unique to the 21st century through a breakthrough, step-by-step guide that teaches children how to quiet their minds, calm their bodies, and manage their emotions more skillfully.

20. Emotional Intelligence for Project Managers: The People Skills You Need to Achieve Outstanding Results:  Readers will learn how to: Set the tone and direction for the project, communicate more effectively, improve listening skills, create a positive work environment, motivate, coach, and mentor team members. Complete with checklists and self-assessments, this handy guide enables project managers to apply these important skills to their projects right away.

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 Richard Taylor

Director Richard Taylor BS, CAMF
Certified Anger Management Facilitator
Diplomate American Association Anger Management Providers

Atlanta Anger Management
5555 Glenridge Connector
Suite 200 (2nd Floor)
Atlanta, Georgia 30342 USA

Office Phone: 678-576-1913
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Open Letter To All Interested

Richard Taylor is Director and Owner of Atlanta Anger Management.
He upholds the highest ethical practice principles.
Richard is an advocate for proper Anger Management training
that differs from psychotherapy and psychiatry.

You may want to read below for more information.

Feel free to e-mail or call 678-576-1913 to discuss or for information.


At this time (2018) there is no licensing requirement by the Georgia Secretary of State Office for Anger Management.

Anger Management and Domestic Violence (Family Violence) requires different Training and Certifications.

Domestic Violence / Domestic Family Violence laws do not apply to Anger Management.

Anger Management is not psychotherapy. Anger Management is psycho-education training and a highly personalized form of treatment. APA (LPC) Counselors take the same Certification Training* to offer Legitimate Anger Management Training to their client base that is Court Certified.

Anger Management does not seek to help those in need of counseling to find ways of avoiding their anger altogether. Identifying what makes you angry, how you feel about it, finding the source of your anger does not make you less angry.

According to the American Psychiatric Association, anger is a normal human emotion. It is not a mental disorder, consequently it is not responsive to traditional counseling, psychotherapy or psychotropic medication.

Anger is not listed in The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM5).

Anger Management is Psycho-Educational Coaching, Training, Teaching to educate the individual to the mechanism of anger, coping strategies to choose better behaviors for better outcomes. Learning about Stress Management, Improving Communication, Learning About Managing Conflict, Emotional Intelligence, and Cognitive Distortions helps individuals see that everyone can get angry. Healthy people know how to control anger so it doesn’t destroy their interpersonal relationships at home, work or out in public.

Court Certified Anger Management legitimate programs are designed to positively reduce offender recidivism and increase public safety.


  • For Repeat Offenders 12 Classes over 12 weeks is suggested.
  • Severe Cases: 20-24 Hours Of Classes/once a week
  • For First Time Offenders depending on the severity of the charge: 8 to 12 Hours of Classes
  • For Minor Charges, you know the client is not guilty or it is not proven: 4 Hours Minimum of Classes
  • TIP: Using a check box for Anger Management on forms or assigning Anger Management without defining what is required, places the burden of determining the number of classes on the Anger Management Provider.

IMHO, I do not believe a One Hour Class provides enough contact for the person involved to learn anything to help themselves learn how to make better choices to not get arrested again. Hence the 4 Hour/4 Classes minimum suggested. 90% of people, blame others and do not accept responsibility for their actions. This shifts during our program and people experience that a good Anger Management Program is worthwhile.

 Participants are assigned ‘One Class’ or ‘Take a Class’. This creates confusion as Our Anger Management Class is a minimum of 8 hours of material and often extends to 12 hours or more. You do not attend any higher learning class for one hour and get your Certificate of Completion. Think about that. That would be considered a “joke” of a program. I do see people who say they got set-up by their lying partners or lying strangers and a mired of other stories that blame others. I assume at least some are true. But One Hour Class?


At this time (2018) there is no licensing requirement by the Georgia Secretary of State Office for Anger Management.

Certified Anger Management Providers* become certified by Credited Anger Management Companies* awarding Title Designations that include but are not limited to:

Certified Anger Resolution Therapist™ (CART)
The Center Of Anger Resolution, Inc.™
Certified Anger Management Expert™  (CAME)
Atlanta Anger Management

Certified Anger Management Specialist™ (CAMS)
National Association Of Anger Management (NAMA)™
Certified Anger Management Facilitators™ (CAMF)
Anderson and Anderson™
Certified Anger Management Professional (CAMP)
Century Anger Management
Certified Anger Management Counselor (CAMC)
Anger Management Essentials
Anger Management Treatment Profesional (AMTP)




Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp
214 State Capitol
Atlanta, Georgia 30334

Georgia Secretary of State
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Macon, GA 31217-3858
Phone: (478) 207-2440



Newton Hightower LCSW, LMFT, LPC, CART
Anger Management Expert
The Center For Anger Resolution, Inc.™ of Houston, TX.
We offer a positive approach to resolving rage and improving the quality of life through anger control.

“Destructive anger hurts your health, makes you miserable, blocks solutions, wastes your energy, keeps you helpless, invites attacks, imprisons your spirit, wrecks human relations, gives you headaches, causes accidents, ruins restful sleep and turns a love life into a lonely life.” — Newton Hightower

About the Center for Anger Resolution
At The Center For Anger Resolution, Inc. people do find solutions to their rage. Founded in 1993, The Center provides counseling, education, and training on anger management.

As a licensed psychotherapist for more than 35 years, Newton Hightower is a sought-after expert in anger management. After fighting a personal battle with anger that nearly destroyed his marriage, Mr. Hightower learned to resolve anger.

That led Newton to write his highly acclaimed book, Anger Busting 101: New ABCs for Angry Men and the Women Who Love Them. His book was awarded the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Psychology/Self Help book for 2002 by the Independent Book Publishers Association. The award is given to top books produced by independent publishing companies throughout the United States and Canada. Read more about this award winning anger management book.

Newton Hightower is the Founder and Director of The Center For Anger Resolution, Inc. and the former Director of the Baylor Family Medicine Counseling Clinic in Houston, Texas. Mr. Hightower is a fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association and served on the Board of the Houston Group Psychotherapy Society for more than a decade. He is also the Past President of the Houston Association for Marriage & Family Therapy. Through his books, workshops, and training, Mr. Hightower has helped thousands of people across the country learn revolutionary anger management techniques.

Mr. Hightower trains other therapists around the country to help save marriages and to help men/women stop their fault-finding, sarcasm, arguing, self-justification, righteous indignation, rage and violence. Through Certification Course, Mr. Hightower trains therapists to become Certified Anger Resolution Therapists™. The New ABC’s Of Anger, Anger Management Curriculum is accepted in all 50 US States.

Mr. Hightower was a keynote speaker at the first National Conference on Alcohol and Drugs on factors in violence. Frequently, Mr. Hightower speaks at national and regional professional conferences and has been interviewed often on television and radio.

Atlanta Anger Management’s Richard L. Taylor was personally certified by George Anderson of Anderson and Anderson™ of Brentwood, CA., in 2009.  Accepted in all 50 US States. Richard L. Taylor has become a leader nationally in Anger Management . Richard is no longer asscociated with Anderson and Anderson™

Richard L. Taylor is also a Certified Anger Resolution Therapist ™ [CART] certified by Newton Hightower Of The Center For Anger Resolution, Inc.™ of Houston, TX., Working with Violent and Rageful Men and Women. Accepted in all 50 US States, a leader nationally in Anger Management.

Richard L. Taylor is also a Certified Anger Management Expert™  (CAME)
Atlanta Anger Management.

Certified Bar-On MHS Emotional Intelligence EQi-2.0 Provider
Gottman Institute Seven Principles Educator
Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1 Certificate of Completion
American Association of Anger Management Providers Diplomate
Michele Weiner-Davis Certificate Of Completion Divorce Busting I

Richard Taylor was guest of Valerie Davis Radio Program
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Discussing Anger Management and tips for listeners to overcome anger issues.

KISS 104.1 MARCH 24, 2013 from 7PM – 8PM
THE JENNIFER KEITT SHOW OF KISS 104.1 TAPES RICHARD TAYLOR FOR STOP ARGUING & START TALKING SHOW Principle Director Richard Taylor Of Atlanta Anger Management was videotaped for segments for her show KISS 104.1 MARCH 24, 2013 from 7PM – 8PM

KISS 104.1 JULY 28, 2013 from 6PM – 8PM
THE JENNIFER KEITT SHOW OF KISS 104.1 – RICHARD TAYLOR ON BLUE LIGHTS SPECIAL TALK SHOW Principle Director Richard Taylor Of Atlanta Anger Management was on the air for a segment for her show KISS 104.1 JULY 28, 2013 from 6PM – 8PM

DISCOUNTS: We offer discounts to Public Officials, Police Officers, Fire Fighters, Homeland Security, FBI, GBI, Military, Former Military. Inquire. No Free Classes Offered.

Our Anger Management Programs are designed to positively reduce offender recidivism and increase public safety.

Services Include: Court Ordered Anger Management Classes | Saturday Anger Management Classes | Anger Management Classes | Anger Assessment Evaluations | Stress Management | Couples Conflict Management | Rage Management | Emotional Intelligence Education | Organization Meeting Seminars | Anger & Stress Accelerated One Day Courses | Aggressive Driving & Rade Rage | Character Development | VIP Service | Blog

Participants are self check in, Court Ordered or often Companies H.R. and EAP Managers referred including employees, Administration VIPs, Government, Law Enforcement, and Educational Institutions. Georgia Certified Anger Management Provider.

Through Atlanta Anger Management you will learn tools to grow and become more productive and happy with your life. We welcome you without judgment. Discrete.

Call 678-576-1913 for information.


Richard TaylorOwner/Director Richard L. Taylor BS, CART, CAME
Certified Anger Resolution Therapist
Certified Anger Management Expert

Atlanta Anger Management
5555 Glenridge Connector
Suite 200 (2nd Floor)
Atlanta, Georgia 30342 USA

Office Phone: 678-576-1913
Fax: 1-866-551-1253
Web: www.atlantaangermanagement.com
E-mail: richardtaylor5555@gmail.com

Linked in:http://www.linkedin.com/in/richardtayloraam

#1 Certified Anger Management Provider
The Best Of The Best In Anger Management & Emotional Intelligence


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