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Summary

Daniel Goleman's international best seller Emotional Intelligence forever changed our concept of "being smart," showing how emotional intelligence (EI) - how we handle ourselves and our relationships - can determine life success more than IQ. Then, Working with Emotional Intelligence revealed how stellar career performance also depends on EI.

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

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Great book on leadership

This is a great book on leadership, I have read three books from D. Goleman and really enjoyed them all.

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Well recommended

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.

Enjoy!

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Wow! They should teach this in schools

Simply brilliant!!!
I've been à manager fort 14 years and this is probably the most useful reading I have done.
It's clear, it makes sense and it blows your mind.
I feel so much stronger already and my mind is clearer on where I want to take my team and what I need to do to get there

Thank you

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Actually useful

Contrary to many other EI books this one is actually very useful and the ideas and mindsets in the book can easily be applicable in the workplace

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Good book however too long winded

Now that I have listened to this whole book I feel it could have been summarised better. Each chapter was based on a number of different stories with no summary near the end.

One would have to go through the book repeatedly and pick out their own parts that would resonate with them. The problem here lies with Audible chapter summary which has no index only chapter numbers hence making it near impossible to find the right area you would need

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50/50

50% covered in other books but worth a listen for the other 50%. highlights the more human dynamics of change and leadership.

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Leadership seen as a relationship

Would you listen to Primal Leadership again? Why?

I will definetely listen to it many more times . It has so many practical daily applications.
A must for all people. We all deal with humans. The tips given in this book make us more effective and happy.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book is a handbook and makes you reflect on dialy issues

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  • Mike
  • 22-10-07

This opened my eyes

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.

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  • Michael
  • 24-02-05

A must read

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

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  • Lee
  • 24-02-04

Buy this one...

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!!

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  • Simon
  • 08-12-05

Good book, Hard to listen to.

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.

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  • Ulrich
  • 25-09-04

A little too lenghty

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.

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  • Marcus Vorwaller
  • 01-07-05

Good content, hard to listen to

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.

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  • Terri
  • 29-09-17

Highly recommended book on Emotional Intelligence

This is a must listen book for any person who is a leader or anyone involved in developing current and future leaders. It is easy to understand and very insightful.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-04-18

Awesome book

It takes you into EI in a healthy way, I invite you to explore yourself and your leadership style.

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  • Vicky
  • 22-09-17

Building resonance is key!

This book gives various examples and goes into the many aspects that must be worked on for long lasting changes. Essential for any serious leader!

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  • Katelyn
  • 02-08-17

a fantastic new perspective

I loved this book. This taught me why it's so important to believe in my company, management and my own team. It also reafirmed my belief that the language you use and the way you use it genuinely affects the people around you. I have a lot more to learn from this book and I will most likely read it several more times and buy a physical copy.