Springfield, Ohio — Internationally known psychologist, author and science journalist Daniel Goleman will discuss his latest work, Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships, with members of the university and Springfield communities during the Witt Series-sponsored Fred R. Leventhal Family Endowed Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in Wittenberg's Pam Evans Smith Arena, HPER Center, 250 Bill Edwards Drive.
One of world's foremost experts on the brain and behavioral sciences, psychologist Daniel Goleman has been a sought-after speaker and writer for more than a decade. A longtime reporter for The New York Times, Goleman has addressed numerous audiences internationally, including business and other professional groups as well as college students, on brain and behavioral science-related topics.
In 1995, Goleman's book, Emotional Intelligence, held a coveted spot on The New York Times bestseller list for more than a year, with more than 5 million copies in print worldwide. The book was also translated into 30 languages in more than 50 countries. The Harvard Business Review (HBR) called Emotional Intelligence "a revolutionary, paradigm-shattering idea – the kind of idea that does not just advance the conversation, but permanently alters it."
Three years later, Goleman authored Working With Emotional Intelligence, which argues that workplace competencies based on emotional intelligence play a far greater role in star performance than do intellect or technical skill, and that both individuals and companies will benefit from cultivating these capabilities. The book became an immediate New York Timesbestseller.
That same year, Goleman penned an article for the Harvard Business Review titled "What Makes A Leader," which garnered the highest reader ratings ever, becoming the best-selling reprint in the history of the HBR. His follow-up article in a spring 2000 issue of the HBR, "Leadership That Gets Results," became another best-selling reprint.
A former visiting faculty member at Harvard University who The Wall Street Journal recently ranked as one of the top 10 most influential business thinkers, Goleman further examined the emotional intelligence of leaders in the 2002 co-authored release of Primal Leadership: Learning to Lead with Emotional Intelligence. The book unveiled new scientific evidence demonstrating that a leader's emotional intelligence has an enormous impact on the performance of groups being led and on an organization's bottom line. His latest New York Times bestseller, and the topic of the Fred. R. Leventhal Family Lecture at Wittenberg, Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships, explores the groundbreaking neuroscience behind everyday interactions and what it means for success in life.
Co-founder of the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning at the Yale University Child Studies Center (now at the University of Illinois, Chicago), and co-chairman of the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations, based in the School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University, Goleman has received multiple journalistic awards for his writing including two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize for his articles in the Times, and a Career Achievement award for journalism from the American Psychological Association. In recognition of his efforts to communicate the behavioral sciences to the public, he was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
A magna cum laude graduate of Amherst College, where he was an Alfred P. Sloan Scholar, Goleman received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard in clinical psychology and personality development, where he was also a Ford Fellow.
Made possible by a gift to Wittenberg University from the Fred R. Leventhal family of Springfield, the endowed Witt Series-sponsored annual lecture has welcomed numerous distinguished guests since 1982, including Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter and author David Halberstram; influential financial analyst Malcolm Forbes; Harvard law professor Arthur Miller; Nobel Peace Prize recipient Elie Wiesel; historian Doris Kearns Goodwin; journalist Carl Bernstein; and environmental lawyer and activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
The Witt Series annually brings distinguished lecturers and performing artists of national and international prominence to the campus and local community. For more information about the Series, visit the university's Web site. To make special arrangements, reserve a Series poster or become a friend of the Witt Series, contact Jeannine Fox, Series coordinator, at (937) 327-7470 or via e-mail.
Written By: Karen Gerboth