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Becoming a Resonant Leader: Develop Your Emotional Intelligence, Renew Your Relationships, Sustain Your Effectiveness Paperback – February 5, 2008
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About the Author
Annie McKee is co-founder of the Teleos Leadership Institute and teaches at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. Richard Boyatzis is Professor in the Departments of Organizational Behavior and Psychology at Case Western Reserve University. Frances Johnston is co-founder of the Teleos Leadership Institute.
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If you or someone you care about is ready to start living life with intentionality, this is a great workbook to get you started on that journey.
Guided by Richard Boyatzis' and Annie McKee's previous research on resonant leadership (and book by that title Resonant Leadership: Renewing Yourself and Connecting with Others Through Mindfulness, Hope, and Compassion) and coaching to the Positive Emotional Attractor, this workbook-like text provides an excellent hands-on guide, with dozens of useful exercises, to help leaders make intentional change--focused on being emotionally open and receptive. Called the Intentional Change model, here's an overview:
a. Ideal Self: If I were the best me possible, what would that look like in the future?
b. Real Self: Who am I today--my strengths, weaknesses, and influence on others?
c. Learning Agenda: How do I move from the real to the ideal state? What interesting, challenging and enjoyable activities will get me there?
d. Experiment and Practice: How can new behaviors and habits lead to the change I wish to become?
e. Resonant Relationships: Change only happens in a supportive and nonjudgmental environment. Surrounding myself with those kinds of people is as vital as anything to me in the process.
Put this book on your list of important reads.
In depth review can be found on [...] by Steve Gladis
I found this book to overwhelmingly teach you HOW to be a leader, starting with yourself. What some may ignorantly believe after reading this book is that it teaches nothing about leadership, but only about reflecting on yourself. Let me explain:
Emotional Intelligence consists of four areas: Self-awareness, Social-awareness, Self-management and Relationship Management.
Self-awareness is the foundation of all areas. You must be self-aware before you can truly understand others (social awareness). You must be self-aware before you know what to manage in yourself. Finally, you need to have a good (not perfect) grasp of self-awareness, social-awareness and self-management if you expect to properly manage relationships.
Therefore, this book is a great tool because it is largely about self-discovery and self-management. With these elements, and through experimentation, practice, and general "living", you can become more socially aware. From there, relationships can build as well (which the book supports).
Finally, after you complete all of these exercises yourself, you are in a much better position to be a leader (of your own life, but also of others), and you can apply what you have learned to an organization/workplace. If you successfully complete the exercises, it will become clear how they can translate outside of just yourself and to others.
The book would receive 4 stars because it doesn't teach about "leadership theories", but those are just that: theories. They don't teach you the HOW about leadership, as this book does. I think it is important, beneficial, and interesting to study leadership theories, but nowhere near as important as the HOW that Resonant Leader provides.