Books Over Brunch: Primal Leadership

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Published: March 28, 2016

“Great leaders move us. They ignite our passion and inspire the best in us” (p.3).

Join us on Saturday, April 2nd for a lively discussion of our third book, Primal Leadership: Unleashing the Power of Emotional Intelligence, by authors Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, and Annie McKee.

Attendees will gain a better understanding of what emotional intelligence is, how emotionally intelligent leaders inspire others, and reflective strategies for becoming a resonant leader.

Didn’t have time to ready the book, but like mimosas and friends? Check out the notes below (or this awesome summary) and join us from 10:30-12:00 p.m. at Pasco Kitchen & Lounge (University Blvd. & Euclid).

Primal Leadership: The Short & Sweet

What is Emotional Intelligence?
“How leaders handle themselves and their relationships” (p. 6)

What is resonant leadership?
“Resonance comes naturally to emotionally intelligent leaders. Their passion and enthusiastic energy resounds throughout the group…when people feel good, they work at their best” (p. 20)

Four Dimensions of Emotional Intelligence:


Leadership Styles that Develop Resonance in Teams and Organizations:

  1. Visionary “By continually reminding people of the larger purpose of their work, the visionary leader lends a grand meaning to otherwise workaday, mundane tasks. Workers understand the shared objectives as being in synch with their own best interests. The result: inspired work” (p. 58)
  2. Coaching“Coaches help people identify their unique strengths and weaknesses, tying those to their personal and career aspirations. They encourage employees to establish long-term development goals, and help them conceptualize a plan for reaching those goals…” (p. 61)
  3. Affiliative“Such leaders are most concerned with promoting harmony and fostering friendly interactions, nurturing personal relationships that expand the connective tissue with the people they lead…when leaders are bring affiliative, they focus on the emotional needs of employees even over work goals” (p. 65)
  4. Democratic “Even if a leader has a strong vision, the democratic style works well to surface ideas about how to implement that vision or to generate fresh ideas about how to implement that vision” (p. 68)

The Five Discoveries

What is self-directed learning?
Intentionally developing or strengthening an aspect of who you are or who you want to be, or both.

Move through the 5 discoveries…

  1. My ideal self –Who do I want to be?
  2. My real self –Who am I? What are my strengths and gaps?
  3. My learning agenda –How can I build on my strengths while reducing my gaps?
  4. Experimenting with and practicing new behaviors, thoughts, and feelings to the point of mastery.
  5. Developing supportive and trusting relationships that make change possible.