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Top 10 Books for Affective Leaders

An Affective Leader fosters strong and healthy emotional relationships so others are willing to work with him to build a better future. In addition to compiling my own book, Connect: Affective Leadership for Effective Results, I use and recommend the following books. Please review, rank and add your own favorites to my list.

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Primal Leadership

Primal Leadership

Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee use extensive but easily understood research to demonstrate that emotional intelligence is critical to great leadership. Their competencies include self-awareness, self-management and social/relationship skills.

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The Speed of Trust

The Speed of Trust

No leader can succeed if trust is missing. Stephen M. R. Covey describes how low trust eats away at time and how leaders can build trust in organizations so they can thrive.

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The Power of Presence

The Power of Presence

Kristi Hedges explains how important presence is to gaining trust and credibility. She also presences her I-Presence model to explain how individuals can expand their own leadership presence.

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Resonant Leadership

Resonant Leadership

Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee take Primal Leadership a step farther to describe tools leaders can use to combat stress, avoid burnout, and renew themselves physically, mentally, and emotionally.

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7 Habits of Highly Effective People

7 Habits of Highly Effective People

In this perennial bestseller, Stephen R. Covey offers an outstanding resource for effective living and career success.

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Take the Lead:Motivate, Inspire, and Bring Out the Best in Yourself and Everyone Around You

Take the Lead:Motivate, Inspire, and Bring Out the Best in Yourself and Everyone Around You

Betsy Myers believes all of us are and should be leaders. She demonstrates how we can do that every day using seven core principals of leadership.

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Tao of Leadership

Tao of Leadership

John Heider provides very wise advice on how to be a great leader: be faithful, trust the process, pay attention, and inspire others to become their own leaders.

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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

In The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and its Field Guide for Overcoming them Patrick Lencioni uses a fable to tell the story of a CEO who must bring a team together to prevent the collapse of an organization. He outlines five team dysfunctions and steps leaders can take to minimize them.

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The Heart of Leadership

The Heart of Leadership

Mark Miller uses the example of a young man who was passed over for promotion to discuss the traits necessary for great leadership. These five character traits are issues of the heart.

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Start with Why

Start with Why

Simon Sinek uses real-life stories of leaders who have had tremendous influence to explain how great leaders inspire others to take action.

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The Leadership Challenge

The Leadership Challenge

Karl Jones says: "My go to book for leadership is the “The Leadership Challenge”. The authors do a superior job of making leadership tangible. This trait has been a valuable resource for students and coaching recipients." - See more at: http://www.lynboyer.net/wp-admin/edit-comments.php#sthash.fWAqmFIk.dpuf