The authors, Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee, will be familiar to many businesspeople and management theorists. They collaborated with Daniel Goleman on the bestselling Primal Leadership, which extended Goleman's seminal work on emotional intelligence, and explained how "EQ", not just IQ, underpins success in guiding and directing organizations. With this latest book, Boyatzis and McKee have continued developing their holistic view of management. It's an attractive one. Resonant Leadership begins with recognition of leaders' essential humanity and analyzes the physical, mental, and emotional triggers that make men and women strong or weak as leaders. As readers might expect from an HBS Press offering, Boyatzis and McKee's methodology is appropriately academic, with extensive footnotes and research citations, but it also uses a nice blend of anecdotes from their field work as consultants, and is expressed through decidedly touchy-feely language. What emerges is a highly engaging, readable work that takes business audiences into somewhat unusual psychological territory, far beyond the usual bar charts and spreadsheets.
The book's organization is simple. Boyatzis and McKee start by describing the highly stressful conditions in which leaders operate today, and explain sympathetically how many well-intentioned people fall into what they call "dissonance" due to burnout. Whereas the authors' earlier book focused on the initial ingredients for leadership effectiveness, their interest now is in ongoing, enduring resonance--leaders who can be effective today, but also maintain their edge into tomorrow, as well. Resonant Leadership thus moves from this initial exposition of problems--management ineffectiveness, and/or burnout--to solutions. The authors anchor their prescription around three core qualities which they believe resonant leaders must continually cultivate: mindfulness, hope, and compassion. These may sound like ephemeral concepts, but they form the touchstone of Resonant Leadership and are cited again and again. Readers of Boyatzis and McKee's latest--whether already-strong leaders looking to maintain their effectiveness, or burned-out ones aiming to get back in the proverbial saddle--will find this is a thought-provoking read. --Peter Han
Highly recommended for people who'd like to explore the effects of leadership in the business field.
Boyatzis and McKee have made it very easy for all of us who believe that leaders can create highly effective and productive organizations in a reflective, humane way.
The authors have written an inspirational and insightful book with cases that bring the concept of resonant leadership to life.
Highly recommended for people who'd like to explore the effects of leadership in the business field.Published 2 months ago by GEORGIOS SOTIROPOULOS
Great tools for developing g leadership and personal development. I had go use this book for my master's course and I gained a lot of knowledge from it.Published 5 months ago by Chris Chandler
Needed to used this book for my Masters in Leadership. Book was very useful for my study, work and also applicable to daily life. Read morePublished 7 months ago by A. Lindsay
This is just ok, it provided some latent tools in how to approach team leadership but it does not necessary provide useful and tangible insight as much as it provides examples of... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Chris Spensley
Book arrived in good condition, the price was right and it was a class requirement. I am satisfied with the purchase.Published 8 months ago by cab4328
The term "resonant leaders" was first coined in In the book Primal Leadership: Learning to Lead with Emotional Intelligence to describe emotionally mature managers that could... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Carla Fair-Wright
This book was purchased for a class. I did not have time to read it then. From the skimming through it looks really good.Published 14 months ago by Kim Miller
You have to be careful when reading Boyatzis. He writes so clearly, you'll start to feel like you are suffering from dissonance symptoms. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Diehl
The book inspired me to think about how I can improve my leadership skills. I liked the activities at the end of most chapters.Published 19 months ago by Dawn Lawless