PrimalLeadershipExplores Emotional Intelligence for Leadership In Depth


By Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee
Harvard Business Review Press, $25.00, 303 pages

This international bestseller Primal Leadership is the 10th anniversary edition. This latest edition acknowledges the changing global workplace, which requires leaders to be even more self-aware. The authors contend that emotionally intelligent leadership drives resonance and ultimately, performance. The research is robust, with interviews of thousands of individuals (both managers and employees) and organizations. In addition to all the research data, the book is littered with real-life examples and stories. Part one covers the power of emotional intelligence, part two making leaders and finally part three, the emotionally intelligent organization. Leadership competencies are explored and explained.

“Empathy allows a leader to keep people happy by caring for the whole person–not just the work tasks for which someone is responsible.”

Primal Leadership is a fact-based belief in resonant leadership. A myriad of examples are provided to prove the authors’ points. This is a dense read, but one that has great insight and direction for any leader that truly wants to understand how their leadership style can influence the organization.

Reviewed by Seniye Groff

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