Product Description Amazon.com Review Business leaders who maintain that emotions are best kept out of the work environment do so at their organization's peril. Bestselling author Daniel Goleman's theories on emotional intelligence (EI) have radically altered common understanding of what "being smart" entails and in Primal Leadership he and his coauthors present the case for cultivating emotionally intelligent leaders. Since the actions of the leader apparently account for up to 70 percent of employees' perception of the climate of their organization Goleman and his team emphasize the importance of developing what they term "resonant leadership." Focusing on the four domains of emotional intelligence--self-awareness self-management social awareness and relationship management--they explore what contributes to and detracts from resonant leadership and how the development of these four EI competencies spawns different leadership styles. The best leaders maintain a style repertoire switching easily between "visionary" "coaching" "affiliative" and "democratic" and making rare use of less effective "pace-setting" and "commanding" styles. The authors' discussion of these methods is informed by research on the workplace climates engendered by the leadership styles of more than 3870 executives. Indeed the experiences of leaders in a wide range of work environments lend real-life examples to much of the advice Goleman et al. offer from developing the motivation to change and creating an improvement plan based on learning rather than performance outcomes to experimenting with new behaviors and nurturing supportive relationships that encourage change and growth. The book's final section takes the personal process of developing resonant leadership and applies it to the entire organizational culture. --S. Ketchum From Booklist "Great leaders move us . . . ignite passion and inspire the best in us"--so the authors offer as the premise of this provocative book. In and of itself this assertion is hardly groundbreaking. The book distinguishes itself by departing from ho-hum leadership treatises to put forth a winning concept the authors call emotional intelligence which is defined as the ability to handle our emotions and our relationships in a positive way. Goleman is a researcher and author of the best-selling Emotional Intelligence (1995); Richard Boyatzis is a professor of management; and the third coauthor Annie McKee is a graduate-level education instructor. Drawing on their own field observations as well as research into brain functioning and chemistry the authors demonstrate the connection between emotional intelligence and leadership. Leaders in their estimation can and must drive their organizations by using positive emotions. Basically speaking people want to work for those who exude upbeat feelings. Conversely "the power of toxic leadership to poison the emotional climate of a workplace" is considerable. Well-written intelligent approachable and stimulating business books have a way of sneaking onto best-seller lists. This one just might do exactly that. Brad Hooper Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved See all Product Description
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