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May 27th, 2010 at 9:58 am

Primal Leadership and Tribal Leadership Book Reviews

Continuing copying my book reviews from my LinkedIn Amazon widget to my blog. I’ve referenced Primal Leadership in Episode 3: Emotions and Creativity, Episode 4: Decision Making and Creativity, and Episode 6: Leadership and Creativity.

Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence, by Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, and Annie McKee

I’d say this is a MUST read for anyone in a leadership position or who wants to be in one. Fascinating book, discussing various leadership styles (Visionary, Coaching, Affiliative, Democratic, Pacesetting, Commanding), when to use them, when not to, how they tie in to various emotional intelligence domains, and how you can improve your leadership repertoire. Do your followers a favor and read this.

Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization, by Dave Logan, John King, and Halee Fischer-Wright

This is a really interesting book that describes five different types of groups, or tribes, within an organization that people naturally fall into, and how a leader can help a tribe move up to better performing type of group. This book is based on years of extensive research by the authors, and I think the authors did a great job of boiling things down and making a very readable book.

Stage 1 is characterized by people feeling alienated from others with their behavior expressing despairing hostility. Life is a rat race, where anything is fair game. People express this as “Life sucks.”

Stage 2 is characterized by people behaving as apathetic victims. They feel their life sucks, but others are doing ok.

Stage 3 is characterized by individual high performance, but low collaboration. People express “I’m great…but you’re not.” Information is hoarded and not freely shared, and a person in charge will feel threatened if information doesn’t flow through them or if relationships are developed between others. Almost half of all workplaces are like this.

Stage 4 is a high-collaboration tribe, with tribal pride and strong values. People express “we’re great…but they’re not.” Information is freely shared and relationships among others are encouraged and facilitated.

Stage 5 is the highest performing of tribes. People express “life is great” and instead of competing against another organization, they are completely driven by a noble cause and form ever growing networks of people, even in different organizations.

This book was published in 2008 and I’ve heard it mentioned several times now in various situations. It seems to me this book is like “Good To Great” by Jim Collins, in which people see a lot of wisdom in it and for leaders who are interested in these things, will read it, and take it to heart, improving their organizations. In fact, Tribal Leaders mention Good To Great and how their concepts mesh with Good To Great’s concepts.

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