Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence
by Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, and Annie McKee
In the book "Primal Leadership: Realizing the power of emotional intelligence," authors David Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, and Annie McKee presented and discussed the findings of their research about more than 3,000 executives' leadership styles. More importantly, the discussion delved onto the relationship that these executives have with their emotional intelligence. Leadership style is dependent on emotional intelligence primarily because an executive's ability to adapt to problems, challenges, and unexpected situations depend mostly on one's skill to adapt or adjust efficiently to these situations / problems. From the researchers' findings, it was found that "leaders who used styles with a positive emotional impact saw decidedly better financial returns than those who did not."
The research was able to uncover and determine the different leadership styles extant in most organizations today. Mainly, leaders are categorized as either having the visionary, coaching, affiliative, democratic, pacesetting, or commanding leadership styles. Among these, only pacesetting and commanding were assessed to be less effective than the other leadership styles. However, the authors also noted that these styles were not used by effective leaders constantly. In fact, the effectiveness and efficiency of the leader is determined by his/her ability to adapt and shift from one style to another, if the problem calls for a shift or change in leadership style. Thus, more than knowledge and utilization of these leadership styles, Goleman et. al. emphasized the importance of the leader's flexibility and capability to adapt to his/her "social environment" -- that is, the current state of interactions and relations among members of the organization s/he belongs to.
Another important insight discussed in…
Sources Used in Document:
Goleman, D., R. Boyatzis, and A. McKee. (2001). Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence. Harvard Business School Press.