Primal Leadership Review Essay

658 WordsDec 25, 20143 Pages
“Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence” By: Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, Annie McKee Publisher: Harvard Business School Press Reviewer: Michael L Schwartz General Opinions: This book, when you cut to the heart of the matter, talks about leaders involving people, making people feel good about themselves and what they do. Much of the book discusses why this is true by explaining how the brain operates. There is discussion how neurotransmitters work and how neural-chemical reactions occur in the brain. These explanations are done in lay terms so that anyone can understand them. There are also examples given of how this has worked. And some examples are given where, due to lack of proper implementation, this…show more content…
The whole concept of how one person’s “mental state” can influence all those around them was very interesting to me. Along with that how the four EI domains (Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, and Relationship Management) are learned abilities. For much of my life I thought that these were attributes that you either had or did not have, or that if they were learned at all it was while you were very young and you were then “set for life”. I was glad to read that research shows that these attributes can be learned later in life, that it just takes more time and more effort. So, the concept, noted above, that the brain can be “reprogrammed” to operate differently than it had been trained to operate was very “eye-opening” to me. That we are not “hard wired” from birth is very meaningful to me. It tells me that I can continue to grow as a person and improve myself in how I deal with others. If I only continue long enough I can and will improve all four areas of EI, but for me, most importantly Relationship Management. Another important concept, for me, was that the brain can grow new cells. This indicates that decline in mental capacities, as we age, is not necessarily inevitable. It also means that we can develop new skills as we age. With people living and working longer, it’s good to know that we can continue to remain (mentally) active and productive. While I’m not (yet) what most people would consider old, I know people who have stopped exercising, and
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