Resonant Leadership: Inspiring Others Through Emotional Intelligence is a master class by Richard Boyatzis (co-author of Primal Leadership and Chair of Organizational Development at the Weatherhead School of Management) that offers you the tools to become the leader you want to be—including exercises to reassess valuable and effective techniques.
In Resonant Leadership: Inspiring Others Through Emotional Intelligence, Boyatzis covers such topics as:
- Chronic stress and how to free yourself from it
- The neural connections that make great leaders
- The optimal balance of positive to negative feedback
- The role of hope
Designed for self-use, this 3-CD set is ideal for organizational development and human resource professionals, new managers, and career coaches working with those in transition. Working with this set will allow you to step into a whole new level of leadership.
“Richard’s ability to explain the power of emotionally intelligent leadership is world-class. He moves people.” – Daniel Goleman
(3 CDs, 176 minutes – audio download 166MB)
“Talking about your positive goals activates brain centers that open you up to new possibilities. But if you change the conversation to what you should do to fix yourself, it closes you down,” says Richard Boyatzis, a psychologist at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve.
His research has explored these contrasting effects in coaching. Boyatzis and colleagues scanned the brains of college students being interviewed. For some, the interview focused on positives: what they’d love to be doing in ten years, and what they hoped to gain from their college years. The brain scans revealed that during the positively focused interviews there was greater activity in the brain’s reward circuitry and areas for good feeling and happy memories. Think of this as a neural signature of the openness we feel when we are inspired by a vision.
For others the focus was more negative: how demanding they found their schedule and their assignments, difficulties making friends and fears about their performance. As the students wrestled with the more negative questions, their brains activated areas that generated anxiety, mental conflict, sadness.
A focus on our strengths, Boyatzis argues, urges us toward a desired future, and stimulates openness to new ideas, people, and plans. In contrast, spotlighting our weaknesses elicits a defensive sense of obligation and guilt, closing us down.
A positive lens keeps the joy in practice and learning – the reason even the most seasoned athletes and performers still enjoy practicing their craft. “You need the negative focus to survive, but a positive one to thrive,” says Boyatzis.