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Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence

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Author's Note

We started to write a book about leadership, resonance and emotional intelligence. We ended up living it for the past two years with each other. The three of us have been studying emotional intelligence competencies and consulting with executives for decades on how to excel as leaders. As the ideas and experiences were brought together, we found an excitement that was contagious. It was fun. And it was contagious to others around us.

That is the point of the book. Great leaders move us by creating a resonance with others. Mayor Guiliani did not win widespread acclaim because he broadcast the financial impact of the September 11th disaster. He spoke to our hearts and our need to believe in each other and he struck a resonant chord in many all over the world. Each person's emotional intelligence feeds this resonance like banging on a drum louder and louder and setting off vibrations in other drums nearby. In the book we trace the neural circuitry that drives the actions known as emotional intelligence and their link to outstanding performance in many types of organizations.

Just as you begin to wonder if this is genetically determined, we offer evidence on years of longitudinal studies showing that people can develop these competencies. The process of improving one's emotional intelligence is described with stories of people who have done it — people who have sustained the improvements for seven years following beginning the process. Leaders can use these steps and their own emotional intelligence to create this resonance in teams and organizational cultures. The effect is that others get excited and do things they had not thought possible previously.

We hope you can join us in this excitement. We hope that the ideas and examples in the book create a resonance in you, the reader. Then you can lead others in discovering how people can use their collective talent to build effective and meaningful teams, organizations, and families.

Product Details

Daniel Goleman and Annie McKee and Richard Boyatzis
Harvard Business School Press
McKee, Annie
Goleman, Daniel
Goleman, Daniel P.
Boyatzis, Richard E.
Boston, Mass.
Executive ability
Emotional intelligence.
Leadership -- Psychological aspects.
Business Writing
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
vol. 13, no. 4 (E)
Publication Date:
March 2002
9.6 x 6.5 in 22 oz

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"Review" by , "[A] concept that every new (and old) boss should take to heart: The duty of a leader is to prime positive feelings in workers.....Goleman, Boyatzis and McKee have turned a difficult trick: attacking a tired subject in an invigorating way."
"Review" by , "Perhaps most intriguing is the brief appendix, where the authors compare the importance of IQ and EI in determining a leader's effectiveness. Their conclusion that EI is more important isn't surprising, but their reasoning is."
"Review" by , "[P]rovocative....Well-written, intelligent, approachable, and stimulating business books have a way of sneaking onto best-seller lists. This one just might do exactly that."
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