Primal Leadership

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by Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, Annie McKee

(Learning to lead with emotional intelligence) This book builds on Goleman’s highly acclaimed book, Emotional Intelligence, and takes that content one step further – into organizational leadership. Turns out our minds have a lot to do with how we lead – “This brain circuitry that interweaves thought and feeling provides the neural basis of primal leadership.” Understanding that circuitry is central to becoming a primal leader. But “without a healthy dose of heart, a supposed “leader” may manage – but he does not lead.” The concepts in this book are dense at times, as the writers mesh the physiology of the brain with their extensive management research. Bottom line: “The fundamental task of leaders . . . is to prime good feeling in those they lead. This occurs when a leader creates resonance – a reservoir of positivity that frees the best in people.” Intrigued? Start reading!

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