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Resonant Leadership: Renewing Yourself and Connecting with Others Through Mindfulness, Hope and CompassionCompassion [Kindle Edition]

Richard Boyatzis , Annie McKee
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Book Description

The blockbuster best seller Primal Leadership introduced us to "resonant" leaders--individuals who manage their own and others' emotions in ways that drive success. Leaders everywhere recognized the validity of resonant leadership, but struggled with how to achieve and sustain resonance amid the relentless demands of work and life. Now, Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee provide an indispensable guide to overcoming the vicious cycle of stress, sacrifice, and dissonance that afflicts many leaders. Drawing from extensive multidisciplinary research and real-life stories, Resonant Leadership offers a field-tested framework for creating the resonance that fuels great leadership. Rather than constantly sacrificing themselves to workplace demands, leaders can manage the cycle using specific techniques to combat stress, avoid burnout, and renew themselves physically, mentally, and emotionally. The book reveals that the path to resonance is through mindfulness, hope, and compassion and shows how intentionally employing these qualities creates effective and enduring leadership. Great leaders are resonant leaders. Resonant Leadership offers the inspiration--and tools--to spark and sustain resonance in ourselves and in those we lead.


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Unlike most other books, Resonant Leadership undersells itself. With easy justification, the authors or their editors at Harvard Business School Press could have applied a more expansive moniker like "Secrets of Enduring Leaders", or "How to Deal with Burnout," or perhaps even "Being Happy at Work." The work's modest title, though, takes nothing away from its grand ambition: to explain what makes leaders effective amid unrelentingly stressful situations.

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

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Building on the principles they laid out in their 2002 bestseller, Primal Leadership (coauthored with emotional intelligence expert Daniel Goleman), Boyatzis and McKee explain how managers and executives can employ mindfulness, hope and compassion to create—and maintain—exceptional business success. "Effective teams and powerful, positive organizational cultures do not happen by accident," they write; they are created by "resonant" leaders who employ emotional intelligence to motivate and nurture their employees. Yet resonance can be exhausting to maintain, the authors have found, and even outstanding leaders can turn dissonant under the pressure of chronic business stress. When that happens, they say, "rest and relaxation" aren't enough to restore a leader's emotional resilience. Drawing upon cognitive psychology, Buddhist philosophy and their own research, the authors propose a series of more effective remedies. Among them: cultivating "openness, curiosity and awareness" about oneself and others; visualizing a positive, realistic dream; and working to understand and improve the situations of others. Boyatzis and McKee argue convincingly that such practices can "favorably impact the bottom line while enabling leaders to sustain their effectiveness for longer periods of time." At a time when business leaders are under scrutiny for moral lapses on financial and social fronts, the exercises and arguments in this book can help executives learn to improve their interests by strengthening their ethics. 60,000-copy first printing. (Oct. 27)
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Product Details

  • File Size: 633 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1591395631
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press; 1 edition (September 14, 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591395631
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591395638
  • ASIN: B004OEILHM
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Important book! April 14, 2006
Format:Hardcover
I very much enjoyed Drs. Boyatzis and McKee initial offering with Daniel Goleman, "Primal Leadership", so I looked forward to learning more about resonnant leadership. I certainly wasn't disappointed. I very much appreciated the author's attention to citations and footnotes, indications of valid and solid research -- something that is becoming increasingly rare in these days of making-it-up-as-you-go writings.

Furthermore, I applaud the authors for having the courage to tackle the very important subject of burnout -- there are more leaders suffering from burnout than one would think. I have simply been amazed at how many burned out executives I have met in my time, and how few of them seemed to realize that they were burned out. Plus, the simple and effective perspectives of attending to Mindfulness, Hope and Compassion are very important indicators for workplace success.

While "Resonant Leadership" is an important book for leaders, the one criticism that I have of it is that it is a little light on practical application. For a book that holds a bit more practical applications for leaders, I would highly recommend "Leading People the Black Belt Way" from expert Tim Warneka -- a book that covers similiar territory in a similar "applied academics" fashion, but has the added benefit of offering a few more specific, hands on approaches for developing Mindfulness, Hope & Compassion.

Overall, I would highly recommend "Resonant Leadership".
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
The resonant leader is inspirational, creates a positive emotional tone characterized by hope, experiences and demonstrates compassion, and is authentic-in tune with self, others, and the environment. Such leaders exude emotions that are contagious and affect all around them; top leaders can impact an entire organization. These leaders are consciously attuned to people, focus them on a common cause, build a sense of community, and create a climate that unleashes peoples' passion, energy, and unified spirit. The authors have studied such leaders and provide examples of how they sustain resonance through difficult times through a process of intentional change and self-renewal. The book is not only about resonant leaders but how they infuse their organizations with spirit and energy and change them. It provides insights, guidance and exercises that inspire reflection. Research underlying the book's concepts, ideas and practices is cited and explained. The authors have written an inspirational and insightful book with cases that bring the concept of resonant leadership to life. This is an important contribution with enduring value. Highly recommended.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bringing the theory into practice October 31, 2005
Format:Hardcover
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. They've put their vast research base to excellent use in creating this easy to follow guide that helps leaders, OD and HR personnel and coaches create workplaces with open communication, compassion for others, and a low-stress environment, resilient in the face of today's complex business environment. This is a quick read, full of tools easily adaptible for practitioners and case examples. At last! A business case for doing business in an enlightened way.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Organizational Behavior and Human Resources professor Richard Boyatzis and Co-chair of Teleos Leadership Institute Annie McKee present Resonant Leadership, a guide to the three key elements - mindfulness, hope, and compassion - that are critical to enabling renewal and stability in great leaders. Emphasizing the importance of balance so as to avoid burnout and the precipitation of failure due to exhaustion and excessive stress, Resonant Leadership is an optimistic yet serious-minded discourse about what it takes to be a leader in an increasingly pressurized world. A highly accessible guide filled with examples and plain common sense.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mindfullness, brilliant!... March 8, 2006
Format:Hardcover
Intesting book - mindfullness, benevolence, compassion, optimism and hope are behaviors that allow leaders to display the very best of their game. If you are one individuals who aspire to be a SUPERB leader who helps, inspires and drives results, this book will certainly be a roadmoap to get there...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Resonant Leadership Has Perfect Pitch December 12, 2010
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Resonant Leadership by David Boyatzis and Annie McKee (Harvard Business School Press, 2005).

The bottom line of this book is found in its subtitle: Renewing Yourself and Connecting with Others Through Mindfulness, Hope and Compassion. This might well be one of the most important leadership books I've read. Boyatzis and McKee--well respected researchers, professors and authors--use the physics concept of "resonance" (being in tune) to explain a simple biologic principle that rules our lives: We're creatures whose behaviors and motivations are fueled by our emotions and stimulated by our leaders. And if those leaders are negative in thought, word or deed, they will produce a negative climate and culture, with a negative impact on employee performance. On the other hand, if they approach leadership with a positive vision, they create a culture of employees who succeed and who are renewed, creative, hopeful and compassionate. The authors describe The Sacrifice Syndrome that produces negative attractors and eventually a default state of dissonance. They also describe how such dissonant, even depressed, workers can learn how to climb out of such a negative syndrome by learning and employing The Cycle of Renewal that produces positive attractors--and makes people want to be around you, as a person and as a leader. This week I will be reviewing this book in some detail. I might add that I now recommend it without reservation to every executive client--it's that big a deal.

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4.0 out of 5 stars thoughtfully written
Book arrived in good condition, the price was right and it was a class requirement. I am satisfied with the purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can Leaders Really Resonant?
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 more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Purchased for a class!
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 11 months ago by Kim Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book & resource
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 more
Published 15 months ago by Diehl
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful book
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 16 months ago by Dawn Lawless
5.0 out of 5 stars What Organizations Need Today
Resonant Leadership is an amazing book that all leaders and wana'be leaders need to read and take to heart. Read more
Published on July 2, 2011 by P. Duncan
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast and good
The book arrived in a few days as promised. The book was in the condition as described. Thank you!
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