Primal Leadership: Learning to Lead with Emotional Intelligence

Front Cover
Harvard Business School Press, 2004 - Business & Economics - 306 pages
National bestseller now available in paperback.

Drawing 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.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

This book, from a macro perspective, concentrates on how emotional factors affect a person's thinking process, as well as, how a person's actions or words generate emotions in others. The authors of the book use scientific studies and information about the human brain and psychology to illustrate how and why our emotions affect our thoughts, and actions, and those of others around us.
From a more specific perspective, the authors of Primal Leadership describe how this information is useful in leading and managing others. They present many examples of situations, many from real-life businesses, where emotional intelligence was used, or would have made a positive difference if it were used, and detail how each situation involves the use of emotional intelligence to avoid problems or to correct problems.
The book is divided into three sections describing what emotional intelligence is, how it can be learned, and how it can be applied from within an organization at all levels. It gives an excellent case for applying emotional intelligence to all aspects of leadership, and the authors, throughout the book, reference how emotional intelligence fits into already well known management and leadership techniques. That is to say, the authors are not proposing a brand-new form of leadership or management, but rather, are linking information about the psychological aspects of human emotion and thought with existing, proven leadership and management strategies, as a method of vastly improving upon them.

About the author (2004)

Daniel Goleman is codirector of the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations at Rutgers University and is the author of the international best-selling books "Emotional Intelligence" and "Working with Emotional Intelligence." Richard Boyatzis is professor and chair of the Department of Organizational Behavior at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. Annie McKee serves on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and consults to business and organization leaders worldwide.

Bibliographic information