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Relational Intelligence (RI) reminds us that the way we chooseto relate to one another determines the quality of our humanexperience and reveals what we value most. If we took a panoramicview of humanity, we'd discover that human relationshipsunfortunately are often reduced to a commodity, as if people werebuying, selling, and trading relationships for personal benefit.This book challenges leaders to no longer see people as a means toan end but to approach people with relational intelligence.
In this book, thought leader, relational intelligencepractitioner, and professor Steve Saccone defines the six roles ofa relational genius and why they're essential for the relationallyintelligent leader. These life-changing principles can be appliedboth to church leadership and any other leadership context.
While many leaders want to be relationally intelligent, theystruggle to understand what it means and how to implement it.Saccone defines RI in a clear and provocative way: "Relational" inRI means learning to see people as the highest value and conveyingthat to them. The "Intelligent" part of RI means learning effectiveinterpersonal skills and then applying them in ways that expandinfluence.
Many leaders long to be influential and missional but,mistakenly, this pursuit is often at the cost of valuing people.When leaders get the relational part right (loving well), andcombine it with the intelligence part (applying effectiveinterpersonal skills), their impact will be far-reaching, and evenimmeasurable.
As a result of becoming relationally intelligent, the world willbecome not only a smarter place, but a more human one. This is theworld Jesus envisions, where love and mission intersectaworld that can only become a reality if we begin to liveandlead withthis new way of being smart.
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With a Foreword by Erwin Raphael McManus
How Leaders Can Expand Their Influence Through a New Way ofBeing Smart
"If you've ever wondered why smart leaders do dumb things, thisis the book for you. Steve unpacks the dynamics that make leadersmost effectiveas well as most joyful. You probably don't needthis information yourself, but read it anyway. You'll think of lotsof people who do need it."
John Ortberg, best-selling author and senior pastor, MenloPark Presbyterian Church
"Steve Saccone . . . is not merely a theorist, but apractitioner that I greatly admire as I have seen in action what hewrites about. Relational Intelligence is thought provoking and mostof all practical. Leadership of any form is about people andcommunication and Steve ingeniously addresses both."
Dan Kimball, author, They Like Jesus But Not The Church, andpastor, Vintage Faith Church
"Wow! You cannot read Relational Intelligence and not bechallenged, empowered, and equipped. This book has it all, andevery leader must read it!"
Princess Kasune Zulu, advocate and activist for HIV andAIDS;
World Vision spokeswoman; world-renowned speaker; and author,Warrior Princess
"If anyone is qualified to write on Relational Intelligence it'sSteve Saccone. You'll have a new friend by the time you're donereading this book."
Mark Batterson, best-selling author and lead pastor, NationalCommunity Church
"Steve Saccone . . . .point[s] to issues in our inner and outerworlds that significantly shape our influence as leaders. For thoseof us who value leading through relationship, this book is a wiseinvestment."
Nancy Ortberg, consultant and founding partner, Teamworx2, anaffiliate for Table Group (A Patrick Lencioni Company)
"Curiosity got me started in this book; great insight kept mereading; transformation has me planning on reading it again! SteveSaccone takes the mystery out of 'how to' when it comes toinfluencing others . . . .Brilliant stuff!"
Ed Gungor, New York Times best-selling author, There's Moreto the Secret