Renewing Yourself and Connecting with Others Through Mindfulness, Hope, and Compassion

Resonant Leadership: Renewing Yourself and Connecting with Others Through Mindfulness, Hope, and Compassion

Rossi, Josephine

Resonant Leadership: Renewing Yourself and Connecting with Others Through Mindfulness, Hope, and Compassion By Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee (Harvard Business School Press, October 2005, $25.95)

In his forward, Daniel Goleman, co-author (with Boyatzis and McKee) of the bestselling Primal Leadership, writes “leadership that works well goes beyond the image of the lone star somehow sprinkling magical pixie dust on others, True leaders know that they too are being led-that leadership operates on a twoway street.”

That communal awareness helps to create “resonant leaders” who are able to successfully manage the emotions of themselves and others. And Resonant Leadership’s purpose is to help readers maneuver past the obstacles that bog down leaders and stunt their emotional intelligences. Proclaimed as an “indispensable guide to overcoming the vicious cycles of stress, sacrifice, and dissonance,” the book does a good job of dissecting those problems and explaining their consequences through inspiring real stories. Equally compellingand rather unique to business and leadership titles-are the exercises designed to get readers innately in tune with their feelings and behavior. They run the gamut of formats, including multiple choice questions and timed writing assignments. At the very least, the activities force readers to assess their thoughts and actions in terms of the physical and mental impact on themselves and others. And it’s hard to imagine that as a bad thing.

-Josephine Rossi

Copyright American Society for Training and Development Oct 2005

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