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Increase your emotional intelligence, build a better workplace

Emotional intelligence is crucial for business leadership, and nowhere is that more true than in Asia, where emotions are particularly likely to be concealed during daily business interactions. Emotions can be a major asset for leaders if properly understood, and a source of significant disruption if they are ignored. EQ and Leadership in Asia provides business leaders in Asia with the keys to using emotions as allies as they face practical business challenges.

Presenting emotional intelligence in a clear, straightforward manner that anyone can understand, the book shows what it can accomplish, why it matters, and how to systematically improve your ability to understand emotions. Looking at the real challenges that leaders in Asia have to face every day and exploring how emotional intelligence can be used in each instance, this compelling book is essential reading for leaders who want to inspire and influence their coworkers and lead their companies to greater success.

  • Explains the key concepts of emotional intelligence and its particular importance for those in leadership positions
  • Explores why understanding emotion is particularly important for Asian leaders
  • Provides practical examples of emotional intelligence techniques in action in real-world situations

A guide to emotional intelligence designed for people working in leadership positions in Asia, EQ and Leadership In Asia is the only book you need to harness emotion in order to create a better workplace.


Sebastien Henry is the co-founder of Progress-U, a high-end coaching and training company with operations in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. He was a regional manager for Asia at a multinational company before becoming an entrepreneur and professional executive coach in 2005.
He has been training professional coaches in Hong Kong and Shanghai since 2007, and has developed the "INSPIRE!" program, a leadership retreat for senior leaders conducted regularly in South China. He works with senior leaders to enhance their success by becoming more inspiring to their people and organizations.
His articles on emotionally intelligence in leadership has been published in Human Resources and the South China Morning Post. He speaks six languages, including Japanese and Mandarin.





1. Does It Make Sense to Write About EI in Asia?

2. EI and Why It Matters in Asia.

3. The Various Facets of EI: Four Areas to Develop.

4. EI Is Not about Being Nice and Sweet.

5. Asia’s Contribution to EI: The Power of Paradox.

6. Using Both Masculine and Feminine Energies.

7. Four Steps to Develop Your Emotional Intelligence.


8. Choosing to Use Emotions as Allies.

9. Preventing Damaging Emotional Outbursts.

10. Using Emotions to Create High Engagement.

11. EI for Getting Things Done and Making Tough Decisions.

12. Emotions as Keys for a Way out of Conflict.

13. Emotions to Lead Your Team to the High-Performance Zone.

14. Emotions and Intuition for Effective Decision Making.

15. Conclusion.

Review of Books.




"Leadership is a relationship, and all relationships are fueled by emotions. They run strong, or run out, depending on how intelligent leaders are at reading and managing those emotions. EQ and Leadership in Asia is an amazingly clear and engaging portrait of what emotional intelligence means and how leaders can use it to inspire others to greatness. Sebastien Henry has given us the rare gift of a wonderfully accessible book, full of real-life examples and insightful practice sessions, as well as culturally relevant applications of this immensely important message. Don't just read this book. Put it to work. Use it. EQ and Leadership in Asia is essential reading for every leader who resides or does business in Asia. It is certain to change the way you relate to others, and how they relate to you."
Jim Kouzes
Deans Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University
Co-author, The Leadership Challenge

"This terrific new book by Sebastian Henry provides those of us interested in Asian business with a very valuable contribution to the literature.  First, it provides an easy to understand review of the importance of emotional intelligence to business. Second, it very nicely applies this understanding specifically to business leadership in Asia. Henry writes in a very straightforward and easy to read style. His personal examples, practice exercises, case studies and end notes all add to the value of this work. Anyone who works in Asia, leader or not, as well as anyone simply interested in business practice in Asia, will enjoy this delightful volume."
Frank T. Gallo, Ph.D.
Chief Leadership Consultant, Greater China, Aon Hewitt
Author, Business Leadership in China

"Sebastien Henry provides thoughtful insight to the subject of emotion and leadership. He understands that emotions are human and the expressions are local. With humility and the strength of his personal experience he lays out a practical guide to help leaders develop essential relationship skills. In todays world the key to leadership success will be the ability to engage, empower, and motivate others. This book shines a light on that path."
Phillip Sandahl
Co-author, Co-Active Coaching: New skills for Coaching People Toward Success in Work and Life

"Sebastien Henry's book is a great addition to the growing evidence that emotional intelligence is essential for leaders today. EQ enables people to achieve their goals through resonant relationship while living a fulfilling life. I found Henry's book both very practical, enjoyable to read, and insightful. This book has many great exercises for the mind and heart, is grounded in the latest theory and research on the brain, and brings a compassionate voice into the debate on how leaders should lead. I am sure that it will be a great help to leaders in Asia who want to build highly effective teams and create high engagement from their people, whether they are Asian or Westerners. I highly recommend it."
Frances Johnston, Ph.D.
Founder, Teleos Leadership Institute
Co-author, Becoming a Resonant Leader: Develop Your Emotional Intelligence, Renew Your Relationships, Sustain Your Effectiveness