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Essential Reading for Champions of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

SUMMARY: In "Emotional Intelligence 2.0," journey into the depths of the human psyche to uncover the essence of what truly drives our reactions, relationships, and results. A beacon for modern-day Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion practitioners, this book reveals a treasure trove of actionable insights, guiding readers from self-reflection to societal transformation. Dive into its pages to unravel how mastering the art of emotional intelligence can be your greatest tool in fostering authentic connections, bridging divides, and crafting a more inclusive world.


I finished reading this book on June 4, 2016, and recommend it to those who want to reframe how they lead, especially in the DEI space.

In the intricate tapestry of modern workplaces, the essence of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is woven with threads of understanding, empathy, and respect. To truly appreciate and apply these principles, one must first delve deep into the realm of Emotional Intelligence. And what better guide to embark on this journey than "Emotional Intelligence 2.0"?

Emotional Intelligence 2.0 Book Cover
Emotional Intelligence 2.0

The authors, Dr. Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves, of this transformative tome shed light on the core elements of Emotional Intelligence: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, and Relationship Management. Each chapter is intricately designed, offering readers a scaffolded approach to understanding and enhancing their EQ. The tools and strategies presented aren’t just theoretical – they’re profoundly practical, making the content both accessible and actionable.

For DEI champions, the book offers a treasure trove of insights:

  1. Self-Awareness: The foundation of any DEI initiative lies in understanding oneself, acknowledging biases, and recognizing the lens through which we view the world. This section helps readers introspect and set the stage for authentic interactions.

  2. Self-Management: Change, especially in the context of DEI, can be challenging. It requires patience, resilience, and the ability to manage personal emotions in the face of resistance. Here, the book provides tools to remain composed and focused on the DEI mission.

  3. Social Awareness: At the heart of DEI is understanding others—reading the room, interpreting emotions, and cultivating a genuine sense of empathy. This section is pivotal for those wishing to foster inclusive environments.

  4. Relationship Management: Building bridges, mending divides, and fostering unity are all part and parcel of DEI work. This section equips readers with strategies to navigate complex interpersonal dynamics, ensuring that DEI principles are not just preached, but practiced.

In conclusion, "Emotional Intelligence 2.0" is not just a book—it's a manual, a mentor, and a mirror. For anyone deeply involved in DEI work, it is pivotal to understanding the nuances of human emotions and interactions. By boosting our EQ, we are better prepared to usher in an era of genuine inclusivity, understanding, and respect.

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