Here are two Harvard Business Review (HBR)-selected books with tips on how to harness the power of emotional intelligence — what HBR defines as “a combination of self-management and social skills that can transform and optimize individual and team performance.”

In Primal Leadership, authors Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee draw from decades of research within world-class organizations to show that great leaders excel not just through skill and smarts, but by connecting with others using Emotional Intelligence competencies like empathy and self-awareness. The best leaders, they show, have "resonance" — a powerful ability to drive emotions in a positive direction to get results — and can fluidly interchange among a variety of leadership styles as the situation demands. The book’s publishers call the book “groundbreaking and timely,” noting that it “reveals the new requirements of successful leadership.”

McKee and Boyatzis join co-author Fran Johnston in Becoming a Resonant Leader: Develop Your Emotional Intelligence, Renew Your Relationships, Sustain Your Effectiveness. This book shows what distinguishes exceptional leaders from good leaders — exceptional leaders capture passion. They lead from the heart while being smart and focused on the future. They commit to being their very best and create resonance with others. Through resonance, leaders become attuned to the needs and dreams of people they lead. They create conditions where people can excel. They sustain their effectiveness through renewal, the authors write.

McKee, Boyatzis and Johnston share vivid, real-life stories illuminating how people can develop emotional intelligence, build resonance and renew themselves. The book, which is organized around a core of experience-tested exercises, helps readers articulate their strengths and values, craft a plan for intentional change and create resonance with others.