At an event organized by the Yale Club of Ukraine, on June 8, in the Kyiv Hilton Hotel’s New York meeting room, the Ukrainian version of the best-selling book "The Emotionally Intelligent Manager", by David Caruso and Peter Salovey, was presented to the Yale Club, the British Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and the US-Ukraine Business Council. The event was sponsored by “MKD Consulting”.
The concept of emotional intelligence (EI) appeared in 1990 and has since become wide-spread in western countries (in particular, in the UK, Germany and the US). It includes a number of skills in the perception of emotions, understanding others and personnel management which successful leaders need to develop. Emotional intelligence (EI) is a component in the development of leadership potential, as important as other measures, like the concept of IQ (intelligence quotient). The authors have taught thousands of managers around the world to use EI skills in their work. In collaboration with John Mayer, they also created the world standard test to measure the level of one’s emotional intelligence, the MSCEIT Emotional Intelligence Test.
The book, "The Emotionally Intelligent Manager", is the product of 30 years of cooperation between the authors. David Caruso is a research affiliate at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence as well as one of the founders of the EI Skills Group. Peter Salovey, a world-wide known phycologist, is the 23rd president of Yale University.
The Ukrainian edition of the book is a first in post-Soviet history. It is the result of a four-year collaboration between teams from the "MKD Consulting" company, founded by Michael Prazian, and the foreign language center X-language led by Elena Viktorova. In early 2015, the publishing house "Summit Kniga" and the Ukrainian League of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (ULIE) joined the project.
Following the presentation on the book by Professor Caruso via video link, there was an hour discussion with him, led by a panel composed of Alexander Savruk, Dean of the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy Business School and his deputy, Professor Eduard Maltsev, who is studying the emotional intelligence issue in Ukraine, Yuriy Zelenin, Vice-President of the International Institute of Business and Victor Halasiuk, who is head of the Commission for Industrial Policy and Entrepreneurship of the Verkhovna Rada (the Ukrainian Parliament).
Summit Kniga’s director, Ivan Stepurin, and the Vice President of ULIE, Denis Krasnikov, also presented information on this book project at the event. Bate C. Toms, Chairman of the British-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce (BUCC) and an alumnus of Yale University’s Law and Graduate Schools, chaired the discussion.
The audience included representatives of the Ukrainian Government, Parliament, business and academia. Mikhail Titarchuk, Deputy Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, spoke about the need to create a personnel reserve for Ukraine's Government on the basis of cooperation among the leading universities and organizations of Ukraine and organizations such as EI Skills Group and Yale University. Yuriy Zelenin commented that in Ukraine, it is common for business executives to lack interpersonal skills, so often staff members do not stay long in their positions. The discussion continued during the reception and dinner that followed in the Hilton’s H-Bar and restaurant.
The general consensus was that this book will be very valuable not only for teaching students, but also for Ukrainian business leaders.