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Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence

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Daniel Goleman's international bestseller "Emotional Intelligence" forever changed our concept of "being smart," showing how emotional intelligence (El) - how we handle ourselves and our relationships - can determine life success more than 10. Then, "Working with Emotional Intelligence" revealed how stellar career performance also depends on El. Now, Goleman teams with ren ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 1st 2002 by Harvard Business Review Press (first published 2002)
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Polly Trout
This book was helpful to me, it had good advice and helped me clarify some thoughts and feelings I've been having around leadership that I had not previously been able to articulate. Goleman argues that one of the most important jobs of a leader is to regulate the emotional atmosphere of the community. Emotions are contagious, and people look to their leaders to set the mood and emotional tone. He also shows that effective leadership is a skill set that can be chosen and learned -- that good lea ...more
Nov 27, 2008 David rated it really liked it
There are many books on the market these days describing leadership skills, but I thought this one had some particularly good insights. It places less emphasis on values like intelligence, vision, and strategy; and more on "emotional intelligence" - enthusiasm, empathy, relationship management, intuitive understanding. Using many real-world examples, the author tries to define and explain those key qualities. Good leaders bring out "resonance" among a team, while poor ones create "dissonance."

Sep 30, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it
This is one of the better books on leadership development that I've read. The content is definitely 5 stars but since the writing style is academic, it's not the most fun reading. It would be great for a class or an executive coaching program. Imagine what a writer like Malcolm Gladwell could do for this book!

Here are some of my thoughts and observations:

-The focus is very much on the development of emotionally intelligent leadership and how important such leaders are to successful organization
Jun 18, 2014 James rated it really liked it
A very good book on EI and how organizations will have a better chance of success when leadership displays and lives the right EI traits. Looking through past and current organizations, I've seen the leaders demonstrate the right EI traits helping an organization and other leaders demonstrate EI traits that have created toxic environments.

This book was also a good self reflection for me to highlight areas I am doing ok on as well as areas where I have struggled in the past and where I'm working
This book gets full marks in my opinion, but I would mention that it is not for everyone. This book is idea if you 1) already have worked in a few organizations enough to experience a variety of leadership styles 2) you have attempted and both failed and succeeded in some area of leadership. This book is then perfect and provides great examples on how to move forward. At the center of this book is a belief in the plasticity of the human mind.

I disagree that one should just read the first and las
Kim Valentine
Aug 12, 2010 Kim Valentine rated it it was amazing
Class assignment: I created a blog for this book at http://primalleadershipbookreview.blo... that contains videos form the authors and other reviews about this book.

According to the book PRIMAL LEADERSHIP REALIZING THE POWER OF EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE by Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, and Annie McKee, it takes emotional intelligence (EI) to be an effective leader. The book discusses what emotional intelligence is and gives many examples of the positive effect of six different leadership style
Feb 24, 2013 Ty rated it it was amazing
i've read a lot of management, leadership and self help books and most of them really aren't worth much, but this book, "Primal Leadership" is definitely one of the best so far. "Primal Leadership" builds on Goleman's classic work in "Emotional Intelligence", teaming him up with two other academics who were more on the training side. the resulting work re-states all of the good stuff from the original, but adds a huge amount of practical lessons and insights into how to increase a person's EI an ...more
Jun 10, 2011 Jon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2011
I have now read all of Goleman's books. They principally say the same thing which is that emotional intelligence is often more important and more effective than cognitive intelligence alone. After about 1,200 pages of getting the point drilled into my head, hopefully subconciously I've gained some insight and concepts I can practice. They use a myriad of examples. Which is great but my ability to retain it lacks because as I'm reading I'm not visualizing anything as the authors aren't really tel ...more
I think that this is an excellent book about emotional intelligence and how someone can impact their leadership ability through self awareness and self control. While I noticed that some others had rated it down a star because of the writing style, I appreciated the data and research support provided throughout the book for the theories they were describing. I think that the practical business examples provided throughout the book provided us with real life reality checks. I made a great number ...more
Dec 30, 2015 Rich rated it really liked it
Major focus of the book is that there is "leadership at all levels." In other words, we all have spheres of influence in which we lead, regardless what our position or title may be. When you look at what separates great leaders from the rest of the pack, the premise of the book is that it all hinges on the level of proficiency they exhibit in emotional intelligence (EI) competencies. EI competencies have to with the way we handle ourselves and our relationships. Some of the competencies they dis ...more
Apr 03, 2014 Barry rated it liked it
Shelves: self-help, leadership
This book focuses on the importance of emotional intelligence in leadership. I suspect that my review would be scored higher if this was my introduction to Goleman. However, if you've read Goleman before there is little new hear.

An improvement is that due to the collaborative nature of the text the book is easier to read than the rest of Goleman's work. The book is less on the cognitive science and is much more succinct than other Goleman books.

The early sections are particularly useful if one i
Bailey Urban
Jan 19, 2015 Bailey Urban rated it it was ok
Unfortunately I'm just not a Goleman fan. I found Focus unfocused, but I decided to give this one a try. No dice. I find Primal Leadership narrowly focused on Fortune 50 companies and gives little relevance for those of us who a) are just informal leaders in a small team, and b) work in organizations that are in the midst of changing leaders, which is an extremely common problem today.
His parts about how EI is related to each of the leadership styles was the biggest contribution this book had t
May 07, 2011 Mary rated it liked it
I like management and leadership books that base recommendations on more than anecdotal evidence. These authors summarize other researchers' studies and base recommendations on their conclusions. It's a good resource for knowing what works; however, the book identifies successful leadership approaches without delving into how to initiate those changes.
Sep 20, 2015 JP rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, business
Primal Leadership connects the concepts of emotional intelligence to the role of leadership. Written by three experts, including Goleman, the founder of emotional intelligence, this update to the original conveys both the principles and the application. The main idea is that leaders maximize their impact when they communicate with resonance. There are different modes of leadership ranging from visionary to directive. Each has a time and place, but the resonant visionary is most effective at mobi ...more
Matt Love
Mar 25, 2014 Matt Love rated it liked it
Primal Leadership offers up a unique take on leadership by focusing less on topics discussed in many leadership books such as organizational structure or corporate vision and more on the unique challenge found in leading real people, whole people. Emotional intelligence is the idea the book revolves around. Specifically, the idea that creating a culture or vision that resonates requires a leader who can effectively lead with more than detached strategy or knowledge. It requires someone who can c ...more
Barnabas Piper
The first half was brilliant. The second half doesn't need to exist.
Charlotte Dickens
May 22, 2014 Charlotte Dickens rated it really liked it
I thought it was good information for people who are leaders in companies or other organization. It also provided useful information for those not in leadership positions--maybe those people are without power to do much within an organization but they can at least see what the leaders of the organizations in which they are working are doing poorly or in other instances correctly. In any case, knowledge is a powerful thing to possess. Sometimes the best choice for someone working in a dissonant o ...more
May 22, 2016 Simone rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Some powerful and groundbreaking ideas, ruined by uninspired writing, and buried under a mountain of weak examples and pointless study summaries.

It is ironic that a book about Emotional Intelligence was written with so little Emotional Intelligence: the result is as interesting as reading my grocery list. Sadly, an extraordinary topic becomes dull and frustrating.

The book was written by different people, and it shows: while a few parts are exciting and engaging, other chapters are boring and har
Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, and Annie McKee tackle the topic of leadership from a relatively new angle: emotional intelligence. The first part of the book discusses the four domains of emotional intelligence (self-awareness, self-management, social-awareness, relationship management) and the key competencies associated with each. They explain how there are resonant leaders (those who move their employees/followers in a positive direction) and dissonant leaders (those who do the opposite) a ...more
Dale W
Feb 19, 2016 Dale W rated it really liked it
The world of software development is replete with people with high IQ but low EI (Emotional Intelligence) and I frequently found myself matching up Goleman's examples to people I have had the pleasure (or displeasure) of working with. This book explores the role of emotional awareness in effective leadership, challenging leaders to consider their own EI competencies and how they affect their leadership style. I would like to see everyone at my workplace read this one.
Ekaterina Tsabolova
May 23, 2016 Ekaterina Tsabolova rated it really liked it
Что конкретно мне дала эта книга?
Были даны имена 6 стилям лидерства (руководства):
Под каждую ситуацию нужно подбирать конкретный стиль для мотивации людей. Очень много примеров, которые заставляют соотносить с тем, что происходит у тебя на работе и начинаешь задумываться над тем, а какие методы могли бы пригодится тебе. Конечно, чтобы мотивировать других, нужно научиться самосознанию и самоконтролю и начать с себя.
Feb 16, 2015 Jen rated it really liked it
Finally: a book on business leadership that doesn't try to impart "wisdom" that should have been learned in childhood. Primal Leadership focuses on the importance of "emotional IQ" (self awareness, self management, social awareness, and relationship management) for successful business leaders. I'd rate it more of a 3.5 than a full 4 stars, but it's definitely the best book in this genre that I've read so far.
Apr 13, 2016 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
I enjoyed the in-depth discussion of EQ. I listened to it on Audible and would need to listen again to really grasp more of the concepts. I gained a good deal of insight into good leadership and enjoyed the real-life illustrations. However, it took a long time to get through the book on Audible because I didn't always want to listen to it. It was more of a "should" read than "want to" read.
May 23, 2008 Brett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really am fascinated by leadership, but I haven't found much that I've enjoyed reading on the subject. Most of the stuff out there seems to follow the same formula: All great leaders have vision (or some other generic term). Here's an example of a leader with great vision. Do you have vision? If you want to have more vision follow these steps: 1) Identify where you have vision. 2) Identify areas where you lack vision 3) Have more vision in those areas. Short anecdote.

But this book was unique a
Rhonda Sue
Jan 16, 2016 Rhonda Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the audio version of this highly interesting book and it's a bit tough to remember everything you hear while driving. The narrator was too monotone for me. However, the info in this book is great-and I now look at folks and assess whether they have EI or not. I have read a bunch of leadership books and this is a must read for leaders of any organization. The insights and conclusions in this book can be applied to one's daily life whether in leadership or not. I plan on reading the author' ...more
Feb 19, 2016 Stangreen is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
So far..
(Made it through Part 1) - Defines the basics of Emotional Intelligence (EI) for leadership. Look at your leaders (whoever they are) and I'm sure you will see some of what Goleman has written about. He also details when to use each of the various leadership models.

Through Chapter 6. Very good, but need to put on hold for now. Will come back to it someday.
Giselly Salazar
Nov 30, 2014 Giselly Salazar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Espectacular libro que nos enseña muchísimo para comprender la insignificancia del liderazgo a nivel empresarial y personal, muy didáctico y permite una,comprensión adecuada con ejemplos excelentes ,me dejó con una gran expectativa e intención de continuar ahondando en un tema actual, interesante y necesario. No dejen de leerlo
May 10, 2014 David rated it it was ok
This book is OK as leadership books go. It makes an impressive point: the importance of emotional intelligence, but it scarcely deals with emotional intelligence at all. It does admonish leaders to use emotional intelligence, the the only real clue the book gives as to how to develop it is to employ a consensual style of leadership. Of course, I am oversimplifying, and the book did offer some grist for the thinking mill, but overall it disappointed me.
Oct 24, 2009 Seair6 is currently reading it
Applies the ideas of emotional intelligence to the sphere of management. Proves a relationship between emotional atmosphere and profitability. Identifies practical steps to achieving emotional intelligence. Most interesting part so far: the idea of the open loop limbic system. Unlike other biological systems that are self contained, i.e. the circulatory system, the limbic* portion of the brain interacts with its environment and thus with other people's actions.
*limbic system: a complex system o
Mar 16, 2008 Carrie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Newsroom leaders
I thought this book does a fantastic job, not only of discussing emotional intelligence in the workplace, but also summarizing some of the most important points of a very large body of literature on leadership, culture, organizational learning and change -- in an extremely accessible, non-academic way. Unlike many business bestsellers, this is backed up by years of solid and consistent and very high quality academic research (this is essentially my dissertation topic, so I know at least a bit of ...more
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Author of Emotional Intelligence and psychologist Daniel Goleman has transformed the way the world educates children, relates to family and friends, and conducts business. The Wall Street Journal ranked him one of the 10 most influential business thinkers.

Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence was on The New York Times best sellers list for a year-and-a-half. Named one of the 25 "Most Influential Busine
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