Now, Goleman teams with renowned EI researchers Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee to explore the role of emotional intelligence in leadership. Unveiling neuroscientific links between organizational success or failure and "primal leadership," the authors argue that a leader's emotions are contagious. If a leader resonates energy and enthusiasm, an organization thrives; if a leader spreads negativity and dissonance, it flounders.
Drawing from decades of analysis, the authors show that resonant leaders excel not just through skill and smarts but also by connecting with others, using EI competencies such as empathy and self-awareness. And they employ up to six leadership styles - from visionary to coach to pacesetter - fluidly interchanging them as the situation demands. The program no leader in any walk of life can afford to miss, this unforgettable work transforms the art of leadership into the science of results.
©2002 Daniel Goleman; (P)2002 Audio Renaissance, a Division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC
This offers several very intersting points of view. It confirms the belief that it takes more than IQ to really excel and clearly points out the strengths and gaps in several different styles of leadership. It challenges you to think about and evaluate your style of leadership to see where you might improve. I highly recommend this book!!
I will start with a caveat: This is long - and at times the focus on the actual functioning of the brain is a bit to indepth - so buckle down because it is a must read. It provides a data based approach to management and leadership, and should be a key reading of all new managers, executives and leaders. Too often, the market is filled with 'how I did it' books, which neglect to note that how the author did it is not universally applicable. By understanding all of the different style, you will learn to pick the styles that are appropriate for your situation and personality
I think that the book has a lot of good content, but I found it hard to get into--the first 3 chapters didn't seem to say much, the next few were excellent, but after a few hours it seemed to get repetitive. If I lost my place it was very difficult to find it again because I felt like I'd heard all of it before.
I plan on listening to it again, only this time I'm going to break it down into smaller pieces which I'll listen to over a period of a month or two. The content is good, the narrator is fine, but the book seemed a repetitive and drawn out to me.
I started listening to this book one weekend, while I was hanging suspended ceiling in my basement. There were several times, that afternoon, that I found myself just standing there listening instead of working on my project.
The author helped me realize that my management style had evolved over the years and I had become the manager that I would not want to work for. His analogy of the frog boiling in water was me.
I have since made a conscious effort to become the manager that I was when I began my career. I revisit this book occasionally, to remind myself.
This is a good book. Very valuable and important information. But it's tough to listen to. I think it would make a better read.
If you have read about emotional intelligence before, this book doesn't give you lots of new insights. But it's an excellent introduction on today's leadership skill requirements.
I couldn't even finish this book because the it is extremely repetitive and never got to the point. If it ever did get to the point, I had lost interest long before that. It's like one of those infomercials that keeps telling you WHY you need this product, but never actually tells you anything about the product itself! Very frustrating.
Even though the subject is very interesting it is hard to stay with it. Other readers have a much better ability to keep your attention.
It isn't always about me...
Made me think about how we are really wired.
If you think you know something about people, think again.
I would like to recommend this book to anyone who is looking to improve their knowledge of management techniques. It is simple to read and therefore understand and presents some challenging concepts that need to be understood. These can easily be applied to the working enviroment without any considerable challenges.
I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did and look forward to seeing your own reviews of this book at a later date.
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