Primal Leadership

HBR: Goleman, Boyatzis and McKee-2001

Executive Summary

Much has been written about emotional intelligence, social intelligence and other leadership characteristics that distinguish successful leaders.  This article by Golemen, Boyatzis and McKee reinforces much of the foundations of Engagient’s High Performance Cultural Assessment.  The authors have concluded that the general mood of a leader is critical in setting the mood of their entire work team.  The work is a next step in the discussion of emotional intelligence which clearly pointed to self-awareness and emotional maturity as critical characteristics of successful leaders.

The conclusions are built off of fundamental psychological studies on how the brain or more specifically the limbic system (our brain’s emotional centre) is an “open loop” system that was fundamental to evolution of humans to enable them to come to the emotional rescue of a fellow human being.  That basic open loop system serves the same purpose today as it did to our ancestors.  However, today it is key to our understanding of how our moods affect our employees.

Everyone has known the difference in atmosphere in working for a boss who is a motivational or inspirational leader versus the sense of dread at going to work for a boss who is all too often in a foul mood.

The even better news is that the linkage to this enlightened style of leadership also transmits itself in to a more successful organization.

The authors go on to provide practical advice to the reader on how to tackle this challenge as a leader.  They provide a simple 5 step process for you to follow:

  1. Determine who you want to be.
  2. Know who you are now (best done with clear assessment tools).
  3. Set out a plan on how to get to your desired state.
  4. Have a plan on how to make the changes stick.
  5. Get help from others.

For a full exploration of this article go to Harvard Business Review.

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We were trying to get the buy-in from our Management team, prior to rolling out a new Performance Review Process and move the management style away from the industrial age style in an attempt to get our employees more engaged.  For the last 45 years we have been working under the old world style of management and old habits die hard.  The Engagient seminar on Employee Engagement was exactly what we were looking to install at Perfect Plastic Printing.

Don presented the information with a passion and energy that impacted every participant.  The information presented represented the results of research and science as opposed to just one more consultant’s opinion.  This made the buy-in so much easier.  The combination of instruction and small group exercises kept the class from getting tired and kept the information geared more toward our business as opposed to generalizing information.  Don was extremely knowledgeable on the subject and this was apparent when he answered participant questions.  He kept the conversations light and humorous, but had you believing that getting your employees more engaged is crucial to surviving in business today.  The feedback from the Management team on the seminar was all positive. Don was one of the best presenters that we have experienced at Perfect Plastic Printing.

--Carl Valenti
Director of Facilities
Perfect Plastic Printing
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