The Conscious Leader: Nine Principles and Practices to Create a Wide-Awake and Productive Workplace by Shelley Reciniello

Corporate psychologist Shelley Reciniello reveals the top nine most important psychological issues that undermine companies and leadership today.

What are the most common causes behind failed leadership?

What hinders talented employees from reaching their fullest potential?

More often than not, the root cause behind these issues exists beneath the surface as individual underlying psychological issues that “unconsciously” lead to problems in the company.

The Conscious Leader offers a fascinating look into the psychology of good (as well as bad) leadership. Shelley Reciniello examines these issues with a Freudian approach, sharing unique insight and experiences from her career as a Corporate Psychologist through amusing anecdotes and real-life examples.

An excellent book for those in leadership roles who want to better understand the root motivations behind challenging behaviors in the corporate environment. While Reciniello offers some interesting insight in the book, I do wish that there had been a stronger effort to create a more concise “plan of action” to help the reader rectify the issues they may be dealing with in their work environment. In this regard, I feel that perhaps there were too many anecdotes and too few instructive ideas on ways to improve employee/employer relations. However, for those interested in examining these issues from a Freudian-based psychological perspective, this book offers a wealth of information.

Rating: 3 stars

I received a free copy of this book from LID Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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About the author:

Dr. Shelley Reciniello has spent her 34 year career as a psychologist determined “to give psychology away,” by demystifying psychological and psychoanalytic principles, and providing people and organizations with thoughtful, practical information and methods to change their lives. She has provided employee assistance programs, executive coaching, and organizational consultation to leading corporations, including Avon, Credit Suisse First Boston, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, and divisions of Exxon, Eastman Kodak, and General Electric, nationally and globally. She offers her expertise in leadership through coaching and development programs to such diverse industries as finance, fashion, education, technology, entertainment, and the arts.

Dr. Reciniello has a Clinical/Social Psychology Doctorate from the Graduate Faculty of the New School For Social Research and is a member of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations. She has appeared on television, radio, and been quoted in varied publications including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Glamour, Elle, and the Reuters international publications network. A popular speaker, her presentation goals are to inform, assist, entertain, and inspire.

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