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Relational Intelligence: How Leaders Can Expand Their Influence Through a New Way of Being Smart

ISBN: 978-0-470-43869-5
224 pages
September 2009, Jossey-Bass
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An insightful and practical guide for developing relational leadership skills and engaging new paradigms of influence

Relational Intelligence reveals how leaders can become smarter in the way they conduct their relationships, and as a result, catalyze their impact.  This book unwraps the hidden power of a relational genius and the practical pursuits that contribute to increasing one's relational quotient (RQ).  Steve Saccone offers thought-provoking and compelling pathways into understanding the synergistic effect of relational intelligence,  mission, and influence.  He demonstrates how critical the art of relational intelligence is for leaders who desire to better serve those they lead, as well as the organizations and communities they love.

  • Offers practical wisdom, engaging anecdotes, and compelling stories that show leaders how to develop relational intelligence
  • Delineates the essential skills that make leaders relationally intelligent
  • Unwraps six roles of a relational genius and how these transform our approaches to influence
  • Includes Foreword by Erwin Raphael McManus
  • A new book in the popular Leadership Network Series

The author reveals how to increase one's awareness of the nuances in relational dynamics and suggests ways to help navigate relationships more intelligently and productively.

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Table of Contents

About Leadership Network.




PART ONE The Origins of Relational Intelligence.

1. The Human Economy.

2. The Michael Scott Syndrome.

PART TWO The Hidden Power of a Relational Genius.

3. The Art of Likeability.

4. Energy Carriers.

5. Be Interested in Others.

6. Be Interesting to Others.

7. Conversational Futurists.

8. Invest in Investors.


The Author.


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Author Information

Steve Saccone serves as a catalyst at Mosaic, a community of faith in Los Angeles. His roles include campus pastor and director of Protégé (a two-year global leadership development program). In addition, Steve works as a faith field advisor for The Gallup Organization, speaker, consultant for Monvee, and professor for Golden Gate Seminary. He has an M.A. in Transformational Leadership and lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Cheri, and son, Hudson.

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Press Release

September 08, 2009
RELATIONAL INTELLIGENCE: How Leaders Can Expand Their Influence Through a New Way of Being Smart

Many of us are familiar with the awkward, insensitive, and yet earnest leadership of Michael Scott, played by the clever Steve Carell, on the hit television show “The Office.” While we may chuckle at his ignorance, we often fumble over acknowledging our own shortcomings and how they’re viewed by others. Thought leader Steve Saccone calls this lack of self-awareness the “Michael Scott Syndrome” and suggests the solution is cultivating a new concept called relational intelligence.

While many leaders want to be relationally intelligent, they struggle to understand what it means and how to implement it. In the latest volume in the Leadership Network series, RELATIONAL INTELLIGENCE: How Leaders Can Expand Their Influence Through a New Way of Being Smart (Jossey-Bass, a Wiley Imprint; September 2009; $24.95 / Cloth; ISBN: 978-0-470-43869-5), pastor, speaker, and professor Saccone defines relational intelligence in a clear and provocative way: The “relational” part means learning to see people as the highest value and conveying that to them; the "intelligence” part means learning effective interpersonal skills and then applying them in ways that expand influence.

In RELATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, Saccone unpacks the “Six Defining Roles of a Relational Genius” that are essential to any relationally intelligent leader.  They are:

- The Story Collector, who listens and learns
- The Energy Carrier, who sparks people and situations
- The Compelling Relator, who communicates with passion and focus
- The Conversational Futurist, who stays one step ahead
- The Likeable Hero, who evokes favorable feelings and positive outcomes
- The Disproportionate Investor, who develops those who will produce the most good

 Saccone criticizes the self-serving, quick-fix, transactional approach to relationships common in many sectors of life – from politics to business to religion to homelife - and encourages the life-changing process of becoming a perceptive and influential leader.  By developing this RELATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, leaders can create meaningful dynamics at home, at work, and in community in order to implement true and lasting change.  As Saccone so succinctly notes, “Relationships are the human economy and the capital of every leader.”  

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