Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence

Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional IntelligenceNational Bestseller Now Available In PaperbackDrawing From Decades Of Research Within World Class Organizations, The Authors Show That Great Leaders Excel Not Just Through Skill And Smarts, But By Connecting With Others Using Emotional Intelligence Competencies Like Empathy And Self Awareness The Best Leaders, They Show, Have Resonance A Powerful Ability To Drive Emotions In A Positive Direction To Get Results And Can Fluidly Interchange Among A Variety Of Leadership Styles As The Situation Demands Groundbreaking And Timely, This Book Reveals The New Requirements Of Successful Leadership

Author of Emotional Intelligence and psychologist Daniel Goleman has transformed the way the world educates children, relates to family and friends, and conducts business The Wall Street Journal ranked him one of the 10 most influential business thinkers.Goleman s Emotional Intelligence was on The New York Times best sellers list for a year and a half Named one of the 25 Most Influential Busine

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  • Paperback
  • 336 pages
  • Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence
  • Daniel Goleman
  • English
  • 16 September 2017
  • 9781591391845

10 thoughts on “Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence

  1. says:

    This book was helpful to me, it had good advice and helped me clarify some thoughts and feelings I ve been having around leadership that I had not previously been able to articulate Goleman argues that one of the most important jobs of a leader is to regulate the emotional atmosphere of the community Emotions are contagious, and people look to their leaders to set the mood and emotional tone He also shows that effective leadership is a skill set that can be chosen and learned that good leaders are made, not born And he has practical advice about how to do that He talks about the four areas of emotional intelligence self awareness, emotional self management, social awareness, relationship management and how they relate to building leadership competency He also reviews Boyatzi s theory of self directed learning, which was useful to me 1 Develop a clear vision your ideal self, the person you want to become.2 Reflect deeply on your real self develop self knowledge about who you actually are right now Identify strengths, which are where the ideal self and real self overlap, and identify weaknesses areas where the ideal and real self differ.3 Develop a learning agenda which builds on strengths while reducing gaps.4 Experiment with new behaviour, thoughts, and feelings and practicing new behaviors and skills.5 Developing trusting relationships that help, support, and encourage each step of the process.This is the approach to coaching and mentoring I ve been intuitively taking so it was cool to see it laid out.I ve had a lot of reluctance and ambivalence about becoming a leader I didn t want to be a leader, and haven t known how to be one, because I ve never been a follower I have slowly accepted that offering visionary leadership is part of my service, that it is something that people need and something that I have the capacity to do well, in part precisely because I hate control, authority, and manipulation So if it is my fate to be put into positions of leadership, whether I want to be or not, I have a responsibility to do it as well as I am able, which means developing these skills with discipline and concentration and humility This book relieved a lot of my anxiety around these issues, making this learning project seem manageable.

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    There are many books on the market these days describing leadership skills, but I thought this one had some particularly good insights It places less emphasis on values like intelligence, vision, and strategy and on emotional intelligence enthusiasm, empathy, relationship management, intuitive understanding Using many real world examples, the author tries to define and explain those key qualities Good leaders bring out resonance among a team, while poor ones create dissonance Goleman acknowledges that leadership can t be fully taught in seminars and programs it requires real world practice He emphasizes the role of mentors, coaches, and teachers in that process Leaders who are emotionally intelligent will use leadership skills and styles that are resonance building and will create positive environments.I found much to think about in this volume, both in the vocational world and in church settings.

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    Originally published in 2002, it is easy for me to think there isn t a lot that is new The reason being is that much of what this book contains formed the foundation for so much subsequent discussion, writing and thought in leadership and emotional intelligence The book works through several sections I The Power of Emotional Intelligence discusses how EI traits impact leadership and behavior II Making Leaders how can one improve EI and leadership skills and III Building Emotionally Intelligent Organizations The book combines anecdote and studies data see the notes at the end of the book if you want to learn about where their claims come from , is well written, and serves as a great primer on how emotional intelligence traits are critical in leadership It contains several useful paradigms and guidance on how to operationalize emotional intelligence below I ve pulled out what are for me many of the key passages Overall is well written, useful, well referenced Most beneficial for someone who hasn t done much reading into EI and leadership, but truly anyone involved with leading or working with others will likely find benefit in reading it and if not, then perhaps go back to the index listing of self awareness and start again on those pages Excerpts quotes ideas developed EI domains and associated competencies Self Awareness emotional self awareness, accurate self assessment, self confidence Self Management emotional self control, transparency, adaptability, achievement, initiative, optimism Social Awareness empathy, organizational awareness, service Relationship Management inspirational leadership, influence, developing others, change catalyst, conflict management, building bonds, teamwork and collaboration On relationship management the art of handling relationships well, then, begins with authenticity socially skilled leaderswork under the assumption that nothing important gets done alone Leadership styles outlined in the book Visionary, Coaching, Affiliative, Democratic, Pacesetting, and Commanding be careful with use of the last two When it comes to filling a leadership position, it pays to find someone who has the flexible repertoire of four or styles that marks the most outstanding leaderWhatever a leader s repertoire of styles today, it can grow wider tomorrow The key lies in strengthening the underling emotional intelligence abilities that drive a given style CEO disease the information vacuum around a leader created when people withhold important and usually unpleasant information To become effective, leaders need to break through the information quarantine around them and the conspiracy to keep them pleased, even if uninformed esp for negative feedback Are some people born with certain levels of empathy or do they learn it The answer is both There is a genetic component to emotional intelligence, to be sure, but nurture plays a major roleeveryone can learn to improve, no matter where he or she starts out Boyatzis s Theory of Self Directed Learning 1 My ideal self who do I want to be 2 My real self who am I, my strengths, my gaps 3 My learning agenda build on strengths, close gaps 4 Experimenting with new behaviors, thoughts, feelings practicing 5 Developing trusting relationships support, help, encourage each step in process Learning agenda better than a performance improvement plan which is less meaningful to you individually and anxiety producing Its possible to improve if you do three things bring bad habits into awareness, consciously practice a better way, and rehearse that new behavior at every opportunity until it becomes automatic that is, until mastery has occurred When it comes to leadership, you ve just begun the task when you change a single leader The rest of the job is to develop a critical mass of resonant leaders and thereby transform how people work together.The most effective leadership development works hand in hand with parallel transformations in the organization when teams face their collective emotional reality, they begin a healthy reexamination of the shared habits that create and hold that reality in placegroups begin to change only when they first have fully grasped the reality of how they functionthe root of the problem often lies with long established and deeply embedded ground rules or habits that govern the group We call those rules norms when we talk about teams, and culture when we refer to the larger organization Collective mindfulness awareness of what the team was doing, and why Allows team to make decisions about what to do and how to do it, rather than blindly following ineffective norms includes using process norms Setting the right ground rules requires an emotionally intelligent leaderthe best leaders pay attention and act on their sense of what is going on in the group, and they needn t be obvious about it Subtle messagesare powerful too Under such leadership, teams over time naturally accumulate a common, positive lore about how to operate with each other When people have authentic conversations about how they feel about their organization, there tends to be a very high level of agreement about what s working and what s not.they create a language that captures the real truth about the forces that affect people s day to day lives in the organization as well as their hopes for the futureDiscussions about cultural issues, emotional reality of an organization, and how it feels to work there usually result in people feeling some ownership of the problems, the dream, and the process of getting from the real to the ideal Creating organizations that are emotionally intelligent is ultimately the leader s responsibility It is up tot he leader to help the organization identify its reality including the cultural norms that hinder it and then to explore the ideal vision of what could be and help members of the organization uncover their own roles in that vision And it is leaders who attune people to the vision and begin taking action toward change Leadership development needs to be the strategic priority of the enterpriseto succeed, top management needs to demonstrate that commitment from the top not just a requirement initiative from the HR department Reasons leadership development initiatives fail they don t focus on the whole person or on discoveries that lead to sustainable change, ignore the real state of the organization, attempt to change only the person and not the norms of the group, drive the change pocess from the wrong place in the organization i.e it needs to come from the top , and failing to develop a meaningful language of leadership From their conclusion Increasingly the bestlead not b virtue of power alone, but by excelling in the art of relationship.leadership excellence is defined in interpersonal termsleaders have knack forarticulating a mission that resonates with the values of those they lead These leaders naturally nurture relationships, surface simmering issues, and create human synergies.they build a fierce loyalty by caring about the careers of those who work for them and inspire people to give their best for a mission that speaks to shared values An emotionally intelligent leader does each of these at the right time, in the right way, with the right person Such leadership creates a climate of enthusiasm and flexibilitySuch leaders are values driven, flexible and informal, and open and frank than leaders of old.They exude resonance they have a genuine passion for their mission, and that passion is contagious.

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    Class assignment I created a blog for this book at that contains videos form the authors and other reviews about this book According to the book PRIMAL LEADERSHIP REALIZING THE POWER OF EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE by Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, and Annie McKee, it takes emotional intelligence EI to be an effective leader The book discusses what emotional intelligence is and gives many examples of the positive effect of six different leadership styles Visionary, Coaching, Affiliative, Democratic, Pacesetting, and Commanding I struggled with interest in the book for the first 12 pages because it talked about how the brain functions and did not appeal to my learning style As the book continued, I became hooked The authors use real life stories to explain the leadership styles and the emotional intelligence EI a leader must have to be successful The stories made the book interesting to me and I could relate to the examples The first half of the book gives examples and comparisons of effective and ineffective leaders I used this to evaluate my EI strengths and gaps The second half of the book gave stories and examples of how to develop EI.PRIMAL LEADERSHIP REALIZING THE POWER OF EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE will benefit all school professionals because every teacher, counselor, principal, etc is in a leadership position with the students and co workers This book helps you to recognize your strengths and build on them to develop in areas where you have gaps The leaders in the school are the models that students learn from To be a successful professional in education, emotional intelligence is a very valuable quality to possess I would highly recommend this book This was a very interesting book, one that I would like in my personal library.

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    I read this book on the recommendation of a mentor As a church leader, I realize I m just dipping my toe into the vast sea of business leadership literature with this book Still, the relevance of this book for congregational leadership is immediately obvious The authors propose that emotions matter enormously for leadership, and that leaders ignore emotional realities in themselves and the organizations with whom they lead at their own peril This means the Primal Task of leadership is emotional management the self management of a leader s own emotional life and learning how to respect and respond to the emotional realities of teams and groups This was probably a shocking claim in 2003, when this book was first published It seems that everywhere people are waking up to the limitations of hard rationalism and learning how to take emotions seriously Still, this book provides a clear and compelling argument substantiated through research It also provides some very practical suggestions for cultivating emotional intelligence as an individual and in an organization s culture.I d recommend this book to anyone interested in leadership development for themselves and those in their field of influence.

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    I am of two minds with this book On the one hand, there are some useful leadership frameworks and exercises, specifically 1 The 4 domains of EI leadership and 18 competencies2 The 6 styles of leadership and when to use them 3 5 Discoveries in learning EI leadership4 Basically all of chapter 7 imagining your ideal self and associated free writing exercises On the other this book does a lot of work trying to show bad bosses why they are bad, which can be painful to read As the authors note, clueless leaders with no self awareness or empathy communicate with empty platitudes and the smokescreen of business jargon, which just makes everyone depressed Between the genuinely useful chapters there are often chapters that merely serve as a human manual for sociopaths.

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    I DIDN T FINISH THIS.I got through about 36 40% and had to stop My god is it redundant I probably absorbed a little, but nothing I couldn t have learned in a 1 5 page summary of the book and I took extensive notes In the end the absolutely terrible writing distracted me far too much from any real learning.This book will likely be better for people who don t already have a psych degree and who do have far patience than I do I mean, some people like repetition to make sure a message really sinks in Some people enjoy redundancies For some, hearing things over and over again makes it all much clearer AHHHHHH.

  8. says:

    The English review is placed beneath Russian one , , , IQ , , , IQ , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , .From my point of view, those who read the other two books by the author Emotional Intelligence Why It Can Matter More Than IQ and Working with Emotional Intelligence may not read this book I think the author s most famous book Emotional Intelligence Why It Can Matter More Than IQ is enough to understand all his other books Well, maybe not all of them, but this book is for sure Personally, I read those two books and was very impressed with the ideas that were expressed in the pages of these two books So maybe the third book was a bit too much, or the author took a very vague topic leadership to write a clear and clear work that would both have a coherent theory and give some practical advice at the same time In any case, the book seemed very weak to me Generally speaking, leadership books are very rarely, in my opinion, successful, with a minimum amount of water, and which would clearly and precisely explain many of the points It seems to me that it is impossible to write such a book in principle Leadership is too vague and controversial see Steve Jobs So, what does the author offer us in this book The author will write throughout the book that the leader must create a positive or healthy working atmosphere, has empathy, and be, in a sense, a wise, responsive leader In general, everything that is the opposite of a toxic work environment with an impossible boss leader in charge It is difficult to write something specific about it, because each person has his own special situation, which in general is reduced to the difficulty of cooperation with such a leader In other words, even without explaining what a toxic work environment means, which means difficult leader , we all understand what we are talking about.Another important point is that I found the book very, very watery There is a lot of unnecessary and distracting text that leaves nothing behind And how can it be otherwise, when from the very first pages everything becomes clear Moreover, if you have read his previous books, everything becomes clear even before we begin to read the book itself Since I couldn t read the whole book completely, I can t say that the author didn t add anything new at the end Maybe, but I doubt it.The main problem with the book is that if you understand the importance of creating a normal work environment, you can already guess everything the author writes about yourself It is not too difficult for the reader to draw a line from point A to point B.

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    The author talks about the importance of emotional intelligence in different leadership positions It gives good examples and study cases why having high EI is good for the general performance and well being of the teams he is part of A very good thing that I learned from the book is the fact that you need to switch different leadership styles depending on the situation, and don t just apply a leadership style that you are good at, because you can do harm than good even if you have the best intentions.

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    Another very enjoyable book based on neuroscience here, the authors argue that the number one, original and most important role of a leader is emotional Humans are very social we re entirely constructed that way and we even automatically copy the posture, mood and expressions of those with whom we are connecting with, even heart rate We rely on connections with other people for our own emotional stability and our limbic systems connect to each other People take their cues from leaders the look for emotional responses and behavior to emulate Leaders serve as limbic attractors and can exert influence easily when they are upbeat and positive, as the authors say nobody wants to work for a grouch Negative moods disrupt work and break focus from the task at hand Many studies show that good moods result in good work Leaders need to be able to connect with their constituents and motivate them positively There are two large groups of leadership styles resonant and dissonant which drive team emotions and action positively and negatively The authors take a deep dive into the different kinds of resonant and dissonant leadership styles issuing warnings about the latter.How does a leader become a resonant leader The chief emotional intelligence competencies include self awareness, self management, social awareness and relationship management It s critical for individuals to identify and refine their values, decide who they want to be, become aware of who they are now and come up with a plan for building on strengths, practicing new skills at every opportunity and establish a supportive network to make this change possible.Empathy, of course, can be learned It s important to practice the authors remind us, athletes spend time practicing than performing Of course, there s a catch you can have the most emotionally intelligent leader but if she s in the wrong place, it won t do the organization any good.For emotionally intelligent leadership to be effective, it has to work for the culture of an organization If your organization is not resonant or has some challenges and you want to change culture, two things have to happen first, emotional intelligence resonant leadership must be modeled from the top down and the constituents have to be involved in the process of transformation Every single individual has to be engaged in a process of individual change so that the entire team or organization can start moving in that direction Of course it s not as simple as just sending a few people off to some seminars or having HR organize training for specific people The half life of seminars and education varies based on how well the lessons are supported within the culture to which one returns Teams need to be brought into the process of transformation to identify the norms and culture and most people find it easy to agree on the things that are working well Getting an accurate picture of the things that aren t working well and coming up with alternatives is the most important part of transformation along with practice, practice, practice.The authors repeatedly stress the importance of leaders communicating with their constituents or team understanding their values and dreams This is a pretty common bit of advice from current management leadership authors such as John Maxwell, Kouzes Posner and others And you cannot be a good leader unless you are being authentic know yourself, know your values and how they match up to the company Primal Leadership wants you to be a leader who listens, can attune your values to those of your organization, and bring along the team this means not just setting aside time for heart to heart chats, but also setting aside time for quiet reflection esp meditation as a way to tap into what you re picking up subconsciously And why do we do this More and , research is showing that the power of group collective decision making with groups that display qualities of emotional intelligence is superior to that of the brightest individual in the group By developing emotional intelligence skills in all individuals, teams and organizations, you improve performance, morale, loyalty, satisfaction and many other qualities that make people happy and successful.

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