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Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  3,393 ratings  ·  128 reviews
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
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
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."

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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Matt Love
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
Charlotte Dickens
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
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
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
Giselly Salazar

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
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 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
It seems every decade has a business trend that is examined to death. Emotional intelligence is the latest trend to be microscopically examined. This was required reading for my husband's MBA program. This was another book read on a flight from LA to Minneapolis. It was not a bad book but it was not graduate level. This was further proof my husband's MBA program is dumbed down to the lowest possible denominator; if you are willing to pay $90k plus, you will be accepted into the program. The idea ...more
Rene Schlegel
Not really practical, rather thought provoking and taken from that angle a healthy read. Veers of often from leadership to more live-advice issues.
Not surprising. Got more out of this book than I did two or three years ago. What was interesting theory before is now battle-tested wisdom!

Loved the analogy of the bag of golf clubs. Take aways: Pacesetting leadership is like a sand wedge. Use it only when you're in trouble and need to get back in the game quickly. It's not the club you ever want to use because it means you're in trouble. But once in a round is okay. Problem is: some people who are unable to switch clubs can do a lot of damage
This was very good. Basically self-awareness is necessary to lead and this book gives examples of how to make habitual changes.
Beth Robinson
The book was decent but not exceptional. They described the types of leadership and situations where they might be effective, highlighted the value of self-directed learning for making leaders, and discussed the challenges of implement change on an organizational instead of an individual level.

I found the key concept in the middle section to be a nice model...

The five discoveries of self-directed learning:
1 - Who do I want to be?
2 - Who am I actually right now?
3 - How do I build on my strengths
I read this book about five years ago as a text book in a leadership course while working toward my doctorate. This year I attended an amazing women's leadership seminar where we spent two days talking about Emotinal Intelligence and reviewing Goleman's work. As I sat here today thinking about an upcoming job interview, I decided to pick it up and read it again. This book is a powerful tool that clearly and plaining outlines the four dimensions of EI and the competencies that go along with each. ...more
I recommend for anyone who is or will be working in a management or leadership position.
Diana Sarao
Mar 17, 2014 Diana Sarao marked it as to-read
Why? recommended in JIm Knight's IC book- if you read one book on leadership, this is it
Rat Barrel
Good read if you follow Goleman, EI literature, or leadership theory. Goleman's EI framework receives a slight change in this book by dropping the "motivation" dimension which was highlighted in his book, "Working with Emotional Intelligence." Additionally, there used to be 25 EI competencies and now there's less than 20. In any case, this book is all about leadership and different leadership styles. I think this is almost as good as his 1st book. Goleman provides a lot of anecdotal and academic ...more
Ralf Larisch
Ich besitze die dt. Ausgabe "Emotional Führen" aus dem Econ Verlag
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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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“circuitry. Studies of neurological patients with damaged prefrontal–limbic circuitry confirm that their cognitive capacities may remain intact, while their emotional intelligence abilities are impaired. 11 This neurological fact clearly separates these competencies from purely cognitive abilities like intelligence, technical knowledge, or business expertise, which reside in the neocortex alone. Biologically speaking, then, the art of resonant leadership interweaves our intellect and our emotions. Of course, leaders need the prerequisite business acumen and thinking skills to be decisive. But if they try to lead solely from intellect, they’ll miss a crucial piece of the equation. Take, for example, the new CEO of a global company who tried to change strategic directions. He failed, and was fired after just one year on the job. “He thought he could” 0 likes
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