Leadership has for too long been treated as a model and not as a relationship. Zina Sutch and Patrick Malone argue that successful leadership must be based on love (altruism and empathy) and laughter (positive emotions and joy).

Recent bestselling books have completely altered the way we understand how humans work and play together. The Altruistic Brain and Born to Be Good show that humans are deeply wired for empathy and compassion. The Social Animal and Emotional Intelligence prove that our emotional selves help us make better decisions and motivate others. However, the tactics we use to train leaders bear little reflection of these advancements; we're still creating competent but emotionally distant leaders who “manage human assets” and lead by setting goals, deadlines, and deliverables.

Zina Sutch and Patrick Malone hope to flip a light switch and illuminate, above all else, that leadership begins with heart and soul. In five succinct chapters, they show that we lead best when we tap into our genetically driven human nature to love and nurture, connect and trust. This book seeks to reintroduce the warmth of human interaction and emotion into the leadership tool kit.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. Preface
  7. Introduction
  8. Part I. Love
    1. Chapter 1. Love is the Answer
    2. Chapter 2. Leaders Who Love
    3. Chapter 3. The Love Behaviors
  9. Part II. Laughter
    1. Chapter 4. Why Laugh?
    2. Chapter 5. Leaders Who Make Us Laugh
    3. Chapter 6. The Laughter Behaviors
  10. Part III. The Leap
    1. Chapter 7. You Have Permission—Now What?
  11. Conclusion
  12. References
  13. Index
  14. About the Authors