Resonant Leadership

Key Idea

Boyatzis and McKee hit the nail on the head when they suggest “resonant leaders are in tune with those around them.” The resonant leader is emotionally intelligent, possessing the ability to build strong relationships based on empathy and trust. The resonant leader also has the ability to inspire people toward a common vision, often with a contagious uplifting energy and a heart-on-sleeve appeal, with the result being that people in the enterprise feel they are in sync with each other and their positive emotions.

Book to Read

Resonant Leadership
by Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee (2005)

Quick Take from the Book

The resonant leader is emotionally intelligent, which includes the following four domains:

  1. Self-Awareness (being in touch with one’s own emotions, knowing one’s strengths and weaknesses).
  2. Self-Management (the ability to regulate one’s emotions, acting with honesty and integrity, possessing an inner striving for excellence).
  3. Social Awareness (empathy, care and concern for others, the ability to “read” others).
  4. Relationship Management (motivational, develops others, fosters team building).

Quote of Note

"We have found that leaders who sustain their resonance understand that renewing oneself is a holistic process that involves the mind, body, heart, and spirit. They see clearly that the self-sacrifice they inevitably must make in their jobs only works if the “self” is somehow still attended to. Without regular renewal the sacrifice becomes too great and dissonance results – with often devastatingly destructive results." — Boyatzis and McKee

Related Styles: Charismatic Leadership, Positive Leadership, Quiet Leadership 

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