Joshua Freedman

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Joshua Freedman
Photo of Six Seconds CEO Joshua Freedman.
Photo of Six Seconds CEO Joshua Freedman.
OccupationEducator, Businessman, Author
SubjectEmotional intelligence, Business leadership

Joshua Freedman is a specialist on emotional intelligence, an author, and the Chief Executive Officer of Six Seconds,[1] a non-profit dedicated to emotional intelligence (EQ). He has helped co-develop EQ assessments and published a number of books and articles on the topic, creating an international network of consultants and coaches.[2]

Early life, education[edit]

Joshua Freedman was born in Berkeley, California in 1967, and attended the Head-Royce School in Oakland. After a stint at the University of Toronto he graduated from the World Arts and Culture program at UCLA,[3] and went on to work at the Nueva Learning Center in California in the early 1990s.[4][5] While there he worked with the emotional intelligence-focused "Self-Science" curriculum developed at the school. The curriculum was featured in Daniel Goleman's 1995 book Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ,[2][6] which helped bring EQ into the mainstream.[7]

In 1997, Nueva School administrators and teachers Anabel Jensen, Karen McCown, Joshua Freedman and Marsha Rideout left the school to found the Six Seconds EQ Network, a non-profit focused on teaching people to practice emotional intelligence (EQ).[7]


In 2000, Freedman chaired the first international conference on the implementation of emotional intelligence in San Francisco, called NexusEQ.[3] He has continued to chair the International NexusEQ Conferences, and the 7th conference is at Harvard University in June 2013.[8]

In 2004, Freedman was appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO), and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in 2013.[1] He's since managed the development of an international network with offices and representative in 25 countries and certified practitioners in over 75.[2] He has trained individuals or teams on EQ and business organization from FedEx, Lockheed Martin, Etihad Airways, the World Bank Group, American Express, Morgan Stanley, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Microsoft, all branches of the US armed services, the UN, and others.[1]

Publications, research[edit]

Freedman's applied research focuses on "organizational climate and the factors that enhance individual and team performance."[8] He has completed several studies on how emotional intelligence effects the performance and well-being of social groups, and has focused on retired players from the US National Football League, business leaders in the Middle East, and businesses at all steps of the ladder.[9] Much of his work focuses on the obstacles and drivers of organizational change,[10] and he and Todd Everett are authors of the whitepaper “The Business Case for Emotional Intelligence,” which reports on findings from their EQ research.[11]

Freedman is the author of several psychometric assessments.[9] He co-authored the Organizational Vital Signs (OVS) assessment for measuring "organizational climate," or workplace environment.[3][12] The Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence Assessment, or SEI™, is a validated assessment used in business and education in ten languages.[13]

He has published six books, starting with his co-authoring of Self-Science in 1998 and The Handle With Care EQ Activity Book in 1999. In 2007 his book At the Heart of Leadership: How to Get Results with Emotional Intelligence was first published, with a third edition published in 2012, the book has over 50,000 copies sold.[3][14] In 2010 Inside Change: Transforming Your Organization with Emotional Intelligence (co-authored with Massimiliano Ghini) was released.[15] The Vital Organization: How to create a high-performing workplace (2014) was also co-authored with Massimiliano Ghini[16] and in 2015, Freedman published Whole-Hearted Parenting: How to use emotional intelligence to create more peace, connection, and joy.[17] He is also the lead editor of the management curriculum, Developing Human Performance.[13]

Freedman's work has been featured in both scholarly press, including a piece of the development of emotional intelligence for executive performance in the Journal of Leadership Studies in 2007.[9][18] He is mentioned in the books EQ from the Inside Out and Educating People to Be Emotionally Intelligent, as well was criticisms of his work in books such as Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America.

In popular media, Freedman has been quoted extensively in publications such as Redbook,[19] O Magazine,[20] and the Today Show.[21] In 2014 he was quoted in Climate One's article 'Ecological Intelligence'[22] and Medical Daily.[23] He has contributed to articles for Christian Science Monitor (2015),[24] Forbes (2013)[25] and In June 2013, Brazil’s top business paper Época Negócios published an in-depth interview with Freedman titled How is your emotional intelligence doing?[26] He has been a guest on several radio shows, including a segment on Charles Wolfe's show The Emotion Roadmap: Take the Wheel and Control How You Feel (2013),[27] Bob Gourley's Issues Today (2015)[28] and The Jordan Rich Show (2015).[29]

Personal life[edit]

Freedman lives on the Central Coast in California with his wife and two children.[3] He has served on the Board of Directors of several schools and organizations, including Synapse School. He is an environmentalist.[30]

Publishing History[edit]


  • 1998: Self-Science: The Emotional Intelligence Curriculum (ISBN 978-0962912344, Six Seconds, English and Italian) - co-author[7]
  • 2007: At the Heart of Leadership (ISBN 978-0971677272, Six Seconds, English, Chinese, and Italian)[1]
  • 2010: Inside Change: Transforming Your Organization with Emotional Intelligence
  • 2012: At the Heart of Leadership (3rd Edition, Six Seconds)
  • 2014: The Vital Organization: How to create a high-performing workplace (Field Guide) - co-author
  • 2015: Whole-Hearted Parenting: How to use emotional intelligence to create more peace, connection, and joy


  1. ^ a b c d Copperman, Kira (February 9, 2011). "An Interview with Joshua Freedman, COO, Six Seconds – The Emotional Intelligence Network". The Emotional Intelligence Network. Archived from the original on April 10, 2013. Retrieved 2012-01-12.
  2. ^ a b c Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ (1996) Bantam Books. ISBN 978-0-553-38371-3
  3. ^ a b c d e "Joshua Freedman: Profile". EQasia. Retrieved 2012-01-12.
  4. ^ Jensen, Anabel L. (1986). "Greater than the parts: Shared decision making". Roeper Review. 9: 10–13. doi:10.1080/02783198609552994.
  5. ^ "Nueva Learning Center, Hillsborough, California, USA". Gifted Education International. Vol 7. September 1990. Retrieved 2013-02-30. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  6. ^ Jensen, Anabel (March 12, 2010). Feeling Smart: Competencies Recommendations and Exercises. Six Seconds. ISBN 9781935667001.
  7. ^ a b c Kobus Maree (March 30, 2007). Educating People to Be Emotionally Intelligent. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 9780275993634.
  8. ^ a b "Joshua Freedman: COO, Six Seconds, Speaker". The Negotiation and Leadership Conference 2011: Harvard. 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-12.
  9. ^ a b c "Joshua Freedman: Papers". Six Seconds. Retrieved 2012-01-12.
  10. ^ Greenberg, Cathy; Nadler, Relly (June 11, 2012). Joshua Freedman: Inside Change. Voice America. Retrieved 2012-01-12.
  11. ^ Crompton, Mike (February 2010). "Improve Business Results by Enhancing Emotional Intelligence". Peoria. Retrieved 2012-01-12.
  12. ^ Cole, Thomas R; Goodrich, Thelma Jean; Gritz, Ellen R. (2009). "Faculty Health in Academic Medicine: Physicians, Scientists, and the Pressures of Success". Springer.
  13. ^ a b Freedman, Joshua; Gangi, Pat; Kniveton, Kimberly; Moller, Linda (March 1, 2009). "Developing Human Performance: Powerful Skills for Today's Leaders and Managers from World Leading EQ Practitioners". Six Seconds.
  14. ^ Freedman, Joshua (June 1, 2007). At the Heart of Leadership: How to Get Results with Emotional Intelligence. Six Seconds. ISBN 978-0971677272.
  15. ^ Joshua Freedman, Massimiliano Ghini (May 17, 2010). Inside Change: Transforming Your Organization with Emotional Intelligence. Six Seconds.
  16. ^ Freedman, Joshua (2014). The Vital Organization: How to create a high-performing workplace. Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence Press.
  17. ^ Freedman, Joshua (November 30, 2015). Whole-Hearted Parenting: How to use emotional intelligence to create more peace, connection, and joy. Six Seconds.
  18. ^ "Differentiating emotional intelligence in leadership". Journal of Leadership Studies. Volume 1, Issue 2, pages 8-20. August 1, 2007. doi:10.1002/jls.20012.
  19. ^ Berson, Tara. "Are You Smart About Your Feelings?". Redbook. Retrieved 2013-01-12.
  20. ^ "The New & Improved Self-Esteem". O Magazine. February 22, 2008. Retrieved 2013-01-12.
  21. ^ "Keeping Your Emotions in Check". Today: Television Show. Retrieved 2013-01-12.
  22. ^ "Ecological Intelligence". Climate One. May 1, 2014. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
  23. ^ Freedman, Joshua (Dec 26, 2014). "Your Emotional Intelligence Is What Keeps You Grounded: Here's How To Improve It". Medical Daily. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
  24. ^ Freedman, Joshua (Feb 6, 2015). "Emotional intelligence: Dad steps into son's shoes as he takes a step back". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
  25. ^ Freedman, Joshua (May 8, 2013). "The Neuroscience At The Heart Of Learning And Leading". Forbes. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
  26. ^ Freedman, Joshua (June 18, 2013). "How is your emotional intelligence doing?". Época Negócios. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
  27. ^ Freedman, Joshua (Feb 13, 2013). "Interview on Why Social Emotional Learning". “The Emotion Roadmap: Take the Wheel and Control How You Feel”. WPKN. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
  28. ^ Freedman, Joshua (August 20, 2015). "Issues Today: Emotional Intelligence at School". “Issues Today”. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
  29. ^ Freedman, Joshua (September 13, 2015). "Issues Today: Emotional Intelligence at School". The Jordan Rich Show. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
  30. ^ Prakash, Bhavani. "Interview: Joshua Freedman". Eco WALK the Talk. Retrieved 2012-01-12.

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