This article is based on following book: Primal Leadership “Leading To Lead With Emotional Intelligence” By Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, Annie Mckee Published by Harvard Business School Press 2004 ISBN 1591391849 306 pages
Primal leadership takes center stage in this book. This concept goes beyond set of conventional competencies on making of a leader. Beyond bottom line figures, this book takes a leap forward with concept of primal leadership through a keen and in-depth understanding of emotional intelligence and its link to leading and building emotionally intelligent organizations.
The authors explore idea of leadership as an emotional function. They propose that fundamental task of a leader is to create resonance at work, thereby unleashing positive traits and attributes in people. Emotionally intelligent leaders bring organizational success to fore because they inspire, motivate and foster commitment in people.
Harness power of primal leadership in this book and bring out emotionally intelligent leader in you.
Primal Dimension of Leadership The use of emotion in leadership functions is a primal task that sets leaders apart. Great leaders move people by channeling emotions in right direction, whether it is in formulating corporate strategy in boardroom or a series of action items in shop floor.
Resonance Effect The positive channeling of emotions that empowers people to be top performers is called resonance. The culture of resonance brings out best in people. On other hand, when leaders negatively drive emotions dissonance is created. Dissonance is not conducive to harmonious working relationships as it can undermine people’s potentials.
Key to Primal Leadership Emotional intelligence is foundation of making primal leadership work. An emotionally intelligent leader knows how to handle himself and his relationship with people he works with in order to drive up performance.
Good Moods, Good Work A good mood is essential for a team to function effectively. It is crucial for a leader to foster positive working relationships because emotional conflicts in a group can hamper a team’s performance.
A study of CEOs from Fortune 500 companies revealed that positive overall mood of top management people leads to better cooperation and better business performance. This argument takes view that it is top management that creates conditions for workers to work well.
Resonant Leader For emotionally intelligent leaders, resonance comes naturally in their dealings with people. Their actions reinforce synchrony within their team and within organization. The strength of an emotionally resonant leader lies in emotional bond he forms which allows people to collaborate with each other even in face of change and uncertainty.