Leaders Motivate Workers with Good Vibes

Mar 27, 2002

Emotions and moods spread around work like wildfire, and it’s usually the person at the top setting the tone, according to a new best seller, Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee. The authors argue that learning leadership requires tapping into one’s deepest sense of meaning and developing one’s self-awareness.

The duty of a leader is to prime positive feelings in workers. The idea is to get more work accomplished in an easier way and to motivate by something other than fear. The authors acknowledge that fear is a motivator, but in the short term only. It breeds long-term resistance, they say.

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