Daniel Goleman Quotes

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Feelings are self-justifying, with a set of perceptions and "proofs" all their own.


There is an old-fashioned word for the body of skills that emotional intelligence represents: character.


Though they are quick to put others down, unhealthy narcissists view themselves in absolutely positive terms.


Narcissists alone are blatant in their self-inflation and braggadocio—leavened with a necessary dose of self-deception.


No creature can fly with just one wing.  Gifted leadership occurs when heart and head—feeling and thought—meet. These are the two wings that allow a leader to soar.

leadership head and heart

Self-absorption in all its forms kills empathy, let alone compassion.  When we focus on ourselves, our world contracts as our problems and preoccupations loom large.

empathy self-centered compassion

The near cousin of optimism is hope: knowing the steps needed to get to a goal and having the energy to pursue those steps. It is a primal motivating force, and its absence is paralyzing.


A narcissist is someone who has a grandiose sense of self-importance, harbors obsessive fantasies of unbounded glory, feels rage or intense shame when criticized, expects special favors, and lacks empathy.


The narcissistic organization becomes a moral universe of its own, a world  where its goals, goodness, and means are not questioned but taken as holy writ.  It's a world where doing whatever we need to, to get whatever we want, seems perfectly fine.