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Primal Leadership, With a New Preface by the Authors: Unleashing the Power of Emotional Intelligence Paperback – August 6, 2013
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Primal Leadership reassesses what makes a great leader.” TIME
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a timely resource for those aspiring to lead on the cutting edge of today's business environment.” Thoroughly action-oriented, it breaks down the qualities making up "primal"or resonantleadership, discussing how to develop each one, with specific examples from various organizations.” T+D magazine (American Society for Training & Development)
[A] fascinating account of how emotions are at the heart of effective leadership. Filled with practical advice backed up by research, this book is a gemsmart reading for students and leaders alike.” David Gergen, Professor of Public Service and Director, Center for Public Leadership, John F. Kennedy School, Harvard University
Sound and practical advice on leading effectively, based on science and business experience, from the leader in the field of emotional intelligence.” Martin Seligman, Fox Leadership Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
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This book presents the challenge of leadership as a challenge to be a mentally/emotionally healthy person that ends up inspiring others towards that health as well.
I gave it a 3 star because I feel the content of the book is great, but that the presentation of the material could have been better.
It is not at all a difficult book to read and it makes very worthwhile points that if one takes seriously and attempts to apply to his own life, could indeed change everything. Self awareness, social awareness, self-management and relationship management encompass such a wide range of personal development, and they do cover a lot of very worthwhile material here. They present a lot of information in charts and make it easy to outline with take-away messages but there aren't a whole lot of super-clear action steps. For those who are in management, want to get better at it, but are stuck wondering how to get to the marvelous place that is described in this book here, it will be another book that gets read without any resulting change in behavior.
It does cite some academic research and provides quite a bit of information about how brain-function works when it comes to these concepts, but does so in a way that the casual reader won't notice, but also that an academic reader that expects a great deal of citation will find inadequate.
I applaud the fact that they are getting this kind of information out there, and if the reader does do the work of taking the example stories out of this book and truly imagining what can be possible if they achieve such awareness and do practice relating to others with this level of sincerity and care, then you couldn't help but be a fantastic leader of any organization, but there is little about this book that will shake you and make you do so.
I should add, I quoted this book extensively during my Masters in Organizational Leadership program, at one of the top universities for Master's in Business degrees. I don't know why it was not one of the required texts, but it should have been. My professors all found the insights I shared from this book to be very worth while, and I received straight A's in my classes.
I liked this book and plan to use it as a reference for leadership. It would be a good one to return to on a regular basis to review the principles within. It has enough information about increasing one's own capacity that it is a valuable regular read.