Skip links

GCORR Book Study: Primal Leadership (UM Religion & Race)

GCORR Book Study Guide: For Small Groups & Individual Reflection

GCORR remains committed to supporting and resourcing the Church in its journey of dismantling racism. We are aware that people learn and grow in many ways due to the rich diversity of humanity.

Our hope is that this study guide resource will help you on your anti-racism journey, deepen your faith, and strengthen your mind and spirit to continue working for a more just and equitable world.

For more book studies, visit our book study page.

Primal Leadership by Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, & Annie McKee

Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, and Annie McKee name emotional intelligence as the most potent key ingredient in being a leader and leading well. The authors discuss how this type of intelligence is more important than one’s IQ – intelligence quotient – exercising adaptability, creating and navigating organizational cultural shifts, and leading organizations through crises well. Goleman, Boyatzis, and McKee name mastery of self-awareness and self-management, as well as social and organizational awareness, as essential to being an emotionally intelligent leader.

Buy Primal Leadership on GCORR may earn a commission from links on this page.

How To Use This Study

This book study guide follows the structure of the book:

  • Part I: The Power of Emotional Intelligence (Chapters 1-5)
    • Chapter 1 – Primal Leadership          
    • Chapter 2 – Resonant Leadership
    • Chapter 3 – The Neuroanatomy of Leadership
    • Chapter 4 – The Leadership Repertoire
    • Chapter 5 – The Dissonant Styles
  • Part II: Making Leaders (Chapters 6-8)
    • Chapter 6 – Becoming a Resonant Leader
    • Chapter 7 – The Motivation to Change
    • Chapter 8 – Metamorphosis
  • Part III: Building Emotionally Intelligent Organizations (Chapters 9-11)
    • Chapter 9 – The Emotional Reality of Teams
    • Chapter 10 – Reality and The Ideal Vision
    • Chapter 11 – Creating Sustainable Change

Parts I-III may be completed in two weeks each for a six-week study or in ten weeks by engaging two to three chapters in each part each week. Each session opens with a prayer, scripture verse, or opening quotation from the book. Additionally, each session has only five questions due to the dense subject of the text. We invite you to take your time discussing the questions and reflecting on them.