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Primal Leadership: Learning to Lead with Emotional Intelligence

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  5,604 Ratings  ·  193 Reviews
Drawing from decades of research within world-class organizations, the authors show that great leaders excel not just through skill and smarts, but by connecting with others using Emotional Intelligence competencies like empathy and self-awareness. The best leaders, they show, have "resonance"--a powerful ability to drive emotions in a positive direction to get results--an ...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published February 26th 2004 by Harvard Business School 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  ·  review of another edition
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 19, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ben Fike
Apr 04, 2017 Ben Fike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book on the recommendation of a mentor. As a church leader, I realize I'm just dipping my toe into the vast sea of business leadership literature with this book. Still, the relevance of this book for congregational leadership is immediately obvious. The authors propose that emotions matter enormously for leadership, and that leaders ignore emotional realities in themselves and the organizations with whom they lead at their own peril. This means the "Primal Task" of leadership is emot ...more
Apr 14, 2017 Davy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

I got through about 36-40% and had to stop. My god is it redundant. I probably absorbed a little, but nothing I couldn't have learned in a 1-5 page summary of the book- and I took extensive notes. In the end the absolutely terrible writing distracted me far too much from any real learning.

This book will likely be better for people who don't already have a psych degree and who do have far more patience than I do. I mean, some people like repetition to make sure a message real
Margarida Antunes
Não terminado (aprox 50%). Tema relevante mas o autor repete-se demasiado e apesar de abordar diferentes subtemas volta sempre as mesmas conclusões e parece que andamos sempre a ler o mesmo, daí não ter terminado o livro. De qualquer das formas do que li, achei bastante interessante.
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
Feb 12, 2010 Kim Valentine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
May 29, 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
Jun 12, 2014 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sam Erickson
Jul 20, 2016 Sam Erickson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A surprisingly adroit application of Goleman's theory of Emotional Intelligence to leadership. It goes to show he's not just hit on a good idea, he's generally a very smart guy.
The leadership styles listed in the book the candid evaluation of each (none of this everyone is good in their own way nonsense) are fascinating to listen through.
I'm very glad to have read this at a young age so I can see what styles to aspire to and remember to utilize different ones when necessary.
May 07, 2011 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Barnabas Piper
The first half was brilliant. The second half doesn't need to exist.
May 20, 2017 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of those "mostly common sense but common sense isn't so common" kind of books. Lots of real life examples of leadership gone bad and down right. Focusses on emotional intelligence and how it relates to leadership styles. Lots of underlineable one-liner summary points. Dumb title but well worth the read. Read it at work during down times so it took me forever but it's actually pretty readable.
Feb 05, 2017 Yanal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good review about Emotional Intelligence is short Audible listen. The message that I took away from this book, is does your message as a leader create resonance or dissonance. If you are a great leader you should be creating resonance with your team.
The idea of EI isn't new to me, and it is more main stream than it once was. This book is a nice refresher on the concept, the benefit and ways to improve EI, especially when it doesn't come naturally.
Vanessa Mozayani
May 06, 2017 Vanessa Mozayani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book on leadership and emotional intelligence.
Jorge Porras
Technical and redundant, with basic insight towards shaping your emotional leadership style. I wish I skipped a few chapters.
Daniel Goolman is a psychologist who has researched and written extensively on the topic of emotional intelligence. His first book aptly titled “Emotional Intelligence” was written in 1995 and is widely regarded as a pioneering work in the field. This book quickly became a bestseller and the material has been extensively used and quoted in many leadership development courses. Since then, he has written several other books on different areas of emotional intelligence. In another previous book, “ ...more
John Browning
Mar 15, 2017 John Browning rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decent information many reminders and a few new ideas. Worth the read.
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
Barry Davis
Nov 11, 2016 Barry Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unleashing the power of Emotional Intelligence, this book provides a rather extensive overview of the significance of EQ in all relationships, focusing on its power in interpersonal interaction as well as in leadership situations. The book closes with insights on developing emotionally intelligent organizations. Providing practical examples throughout the chapters, the authors begin by describing the power of EQ in leadership, speaking of primal leadership, resonant leadership, the neuroanatomy ...more
Mar 25, 2014 Barry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 02, 2015 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
Jorge Edgar
May 27, 2016 Jorge Edgar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
En su singularidad, el trabajo de todo lider es conseguir resultados, pero esta afirmación no debe tomarse a la ligera o de manera simplista, todo lo contrario, ya que el lider trata con personas en la complejidad que esto supone, las hace crecer en todas sus dimensiones, lidera la visión particular de las instituciones, las cuales están formadas por personas que en su libertad comparten (o al menos es el deber de cada persona) dicha visión basada en la misión particular de las organizaciones.
Dec 30, 2015 Rich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 06, 2017 Mara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've read a number of Goleman's books on Emotional Intelligence and always appreciate the reminder on the importance of EQ. I found this book to be redundant. Felt like the last section of each chapter started itself over, and the chapter reviews were excessively lengthy. I also felt the number of examples was excessive. Overall the book felt longer than it needed to be, past the point of value which led to disengagement and disinterest for me.
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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.

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