In Ego vs EQ, Jen Shirkani shares strategies for using emotional intelligence (EQ) as a primary prevention tool to avoid career derailment. The executive leadership failure rate is high: two in five CEO’s fail in the first 18 months on the job and two thirds of business’ will disappear just a decade after founding. This book teaches you how to identify the most common reasons for leadership ineffectiveness, including the cascading consequences they create, and provides tools to prevent them.
Drawing on real-life anecdotes from the author’s 20-years of coaching and consulting, Ego vs EQ provides research and case study examples in an easy to
read, practical format and is ideal for anyone currently in an executive leadership role, including business owners, or those wanting to become a dynamic future leader. Ego vs EQ is published by Routledge.
Praise for Ego vs EQ
“As much as employees would like to speak freely to their CEOs, most bite their tongues and tell their leaders exactly what they want to hear. Shirkani, a long time coach consultant, and founder and CEO of the Penumbra Group, explores the blind spots that this lack of candor creates for CEOs and the eight ensuing ‘ego traps’ that hinder their performance. The remedy for such traps is emotional intelligence (EQ), ‘the capacity for self-awareness, empathy, social skill and self-regulation’….Shirkani’s examples effectively show that even the most successful executives fall victim to ego traps. By embracing their EQ, company leaders can avoid the isolation pitfalls that hinder successful management careers.”Publishers Weekly
“This is a book that will potentially change your leadership performance in a radical way. As senior leaders we can plod along doing what it was that got us to our current position, we can hire expensive consultants to help us try to change the organization, or we can raise our EQ to a more balanced position with our EGO and cost effectively change our companies for the better. Read this book, follow its simple suggestions and enjoy a more cost effective transformation than you ever dreamed possible.”Rory Miller
President, The Williams Companies, Inc.
“This is a substantive work about a most useful subject that impacts the effectiveness of every leader. You’ll learn a lot about yourself and you’ll apply the ideas frequently in your work.”Dr Nido R Qubein
President, High Point University
“EQ or emotional intelligence has been an intriguing concept for many years but it has been challenging to get business leaders to focus on it as anything more than a soft skill. In Ego vs EQ, Jen Shirkani makes EQ more tangible and substantive by providing real life examples of how high emotional intelligence enables more effective leadership. In fact, truly effective leadership is really not possible without making an emotional connection with other humans. The book is very informative and the organization of the 8 Ego Traps with chapter summaries and practical application tips will make this an important reference manual for all that are looking to improve business results through more effective leadership. This is a great read for anyone that is ready to explore and overcome the barriers that keep us from being the best leaders we can possibly be.”Mike Miller
Regional Vice President, Fortune 50 Organization
Jen Shirkani is a nationally recognized expert on emotional intelligence and a featured speaker at national and state conferences, universities, government agencies, and at business organizations around the world. She has spent over 25-years working with organizations from the Fortune 500 to family-owned entities as a business consultant and executive coach. She holds a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership and in addition to the topic of emotional intelligence, she frequently speaks and writes about workplace challenges, including interviewing and selection, employee engagement and motivation, generational differences, and coachability.Or Download Full Profile PDF