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Publisher's 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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A mindset shift for the hard-nosed driver...

Great book to shift your leadership mindset and take your organization to the next level.

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Everything I needed to know and something you should know too. @digitalwrites to see how I'm implementing it

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  • Mike
  • 2007-10-22

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
  • 2005-02-24

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
  • 2004-02-24

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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  • Ulrich
  • 2004-09-25

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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  • William Munroe
  • 2019-06-06

Academic Presentation

Great information. presented very academically. Reads like a thesis. Presentation was pretty dry - likely because of the way the book was written. I'll be purchasing in book form for reference, and I may have been better off reading than listening to this one .

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  • dgo
  • 2019-04-16

I was hoping for guidance not statistics

I have read the book Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman and was hoping this book would build upon the knowledge gleaned from that book to help me be a better leader in my business. Perhaps I am not patient enough, but 5 hours into this book I am learning a lot of statistics, but not a lot of application of the principles that can help translate into skills I can use through EI. Apparently I am not ready for Primal Leadership because I need more "how to's".

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  • Simon
  • 2005-12-08

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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  • Marcus Vorwaller
  • 2005-07-01

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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  • Maroš
  • 2020-12-17

Great content, but dragged out

The book had some great insights into emotionally intelligent leadership and was very exciting im the first half/two thirds. However, there was way too much repetition of the key concepts and the last 1-2 hours were extremely dragged out. Overall however, it was a great read and I would definitely recommend it to both starting and experienced leaders.

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  • Mani
  • 2020-10-26

The Best Leadership book I ever read

As awesome as other Goleman’s books. Step by step guide to understand the leadership styles and become a leader you wish you had, with or without any official title. Science-based and Free of those personal views and judgmental military stories.
Highly recommended.

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