Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence
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Primal Leadership takes center stage in this book. This concept goes beyond the set of conventional competencies on the making of a leader. Beyond bottom line figures, this book – Primal Leadership – takes a leap forward with the concept through a keen and in-depth understanding of emotional intelligence and its link to leading and building emotionally intelligent organizations.
The Emotional Function in leadership is explored by the Authors. They propose that the fundamental task of a leader is to create “resonance” at work, thereby unleashing positive traits & attributes in people. Emotionally Intelligent leaders bring organizational success to their organization, because they inspire, motivate & foster commitment in people. Harness the power of primal leadership in this book and bring out the emotionally intelligent leader in you.
A. 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 the right direction, whether it is in formulating corporate strategy in the boardroom or a series of action items in the front lines.
1. Resonance Effect. The positive channeling of emotions that empowers people to be top performers is called resonance. The culture of resonance brings out the best in people. On the 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.
2. Key to Primal Leadership. Emotional intelligence is the foundation of making primal leadership work. An emotionally intelligent leader knows how to handle himself and his relationships with the people he works with, in order to drive performance.
3. 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 & business performance. Top management that creates the conditions for workers to work well.
4. Resonant Leader. For emotionally intelligent leaders, resonance comes naturally in their dealings with people. Their actions re-inforce synchronization within their team and within the organization. The strength of an emotionally resonant leader lies in the emotional bond he forms – which allows people to collaborate with each other even in the face of change & uncertainty.
B. Four Dimensions of Emotional Intelligence. The creation of resonance is a hallmark of primal leadership that can only be fostered by emotionally intelligent [EI] leaders. For a leader to promote prime resonance in a group, it is important to understand the four EI competencies. Interestingly, these competencies are not innately inherent, but are learned abilities. According to research, an effective leader typically demonstrates at least one competence among the . . .
Four Dimensions: 1. Self-Awareness, 2. Self-Management, 3. Social Awareness, 4. Relationship Management.
Approaches to Leadership in a Nutshell: 1. Visionary, 2. Coaching, 3. Affiliative, 4. Democratic, 5. Pace-setting, 6. Commanding
C. The Five Discoveries of Self-Directed Learning.
1. First Discovery: My ideal self – Who do I want to be?
2. Second Discovery: My real self – Who am I? What are my strengths and gaps?
3. Third Discovery: My learning agenda – How can I build on my strengths while reducing my gaps?
4. Fourth Discovery: Experimenting with and practicing new behaviors, thoughts, & feelings to the point of mastery.
5. Fifth Discovery: Developing supportive and trusting relationships that make change possible.
D. Final Notes on the book – Primal Leadership.
1. Primal Leadership is anchored on Emotions. These emotions have underlying neuro-logical explanations to them such as the Open-loop system. Thus, a leader must work hard to obtain emotional intelligence competencies that will make him a resonant leader because resonance is the key to primal leadership.
2. A Primal Leader builds a Culture of Resonance by demonstrating emotionally intelligent abilities that permeate throughout the organization. A primal leader aims to live a resonant life for himself & his people in order to make the resonant work. It is this kind of work that builds an emotionally intelligent organization – a kind of organization that can survive the changing, challenging business climate, because it has built-in processes that can sustain change.
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