The world leader and captains of industry that I spoke to that day all had intelligence. They all clearly had fierce determination, ambition, and the ability to be pack leaders over other people. Many of them were very tough, very aggressive in the energy they projected. What they didn’t have was instinct… poor people in third world countries were better pack leaders to their dogs than they were! In America, people are culturally conditioned to be intellectual and emotional. In third-world countries, many people are culturally conditioned to be instinctual and spiritual. (pgs. 218-219)
Dominance: In nature dominance is not an ‘emotional’ condition. There is no coercion, no guilt, no hurt feelings involved…Natural pack leaders do not control their followers by fear. They sometimes have to challenge or display their authority, but most of the time they are calm, benevolent leaders…George, the dominant male wolf of the pack…had presence. His dignity was unassailable, yet he was by no means aloof. Conscientious to a fault, thoughtful of others, and affectionate within reasonable bounds, he was the kind of father whose idealized image appears in many wistful books of human family reminiscences, but whose real prototype has seldom paced the earth upon two legs.(223)
Calm-assertive leadership is the only leadership that works in the animal world. In our own world, human beings have followed leaders who have coerced us, bullied us, acted aggressive toward us, and filled with fear in order to control us. But even among humans, research has shown that calm-assertive leadership – primal leadership – is really a better way to go. “Great leadership works through emotions” (quoting Goleman from Emotional Intelligence and Boyatzis and McKee from Primal Leadership) because the root of our emotions – the limbic system in the brain – is an ‘open-loop’ system; that is, it depends upon sources outside the body to manage itself. ‘In other words, we rely on connections with other people for our own emotional stability…We mirror each other’s emotional signals, ‘whereby one person transmits signals that can alter hormone levels, cardiovascular function, sleep rhythms, and even immune function inside the body of another’. (225) These same authors distinguish dissonant leadership from resonant leadership where groups result as emotionally discordant or groups that vibrate with the leader’s upbeat and enthusiastic energy.
Four domains of Emotional Intelligence: Self-awareness, self-management, empathy and relationship management.(229)
Techniques for attaining Calm-Assertive Energy:
Clear and positive intention * Method acting techniques * Visualization