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The world is facing a global leadership crisis. Seventy-seven percent of leaders think they do a good job of engaging their people, yet 88 percent of employees say their leaders don't engage enough. There is also a high level of suffering in the workplace: 35 percent of employees would forgo a pay raise to see their leaders fired.
This is an enormous waste of human talent--despite the fact that $46 billion is spent each year on leadership development.
Based on extensive research, including assessments of more than 35,000 leaders and interviews with 250 C-level executives, The Mind of the Leader concludes that organizations and leaders aren't meeting employees' basic human needs of finding meaning, purpose, connection, and genuine happiness in their work.
But more than a description of the problem, The Mind of the Leader offers a radical, yet practical, solution. To solve the leadership crisis, organizations need to put people at the center of their strategy. They need to develop managers and executives who lead with three core mental qualities: mindfulness, selflessness, and compassion.
Using real-world inspirational examples from Marriott, Accenture, McKinsey & Company, LinkedIn, and many more, The Mind of the Leader shows how this new kind of leadership turns conventional leadership thinking upside down. It represents a radical redefinition of what it takes to be an effective leader--and a practical, hard-nosed solution to every organization's engagement and execution problems.
|Publisher:||Harvard Business Review Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Rasmus Hougaard is the Founder and Managing Director of Potential Project, the global leading provider of leadership and organizational effectiveness solutions based on training the mind. Rasmus has practiced and taught mindfulness for more than two decades. Jacqueline Carter is an International Partner and North American Director for Potential Project. She has over twenty years of experience working with organizations around the globe to enhance effectiveness and improve performance. Together, they are the authors of One Second Ahead: Enhance Your Performance at Work with Mindfulness.
Table of Contents
1 The MSC Leader 7
Part 1 Understand and Lead Yourself
2 Understand Yourself 25
3 Mindfully Lead Yourself 45
4 Selfless Self-Leadership 63
5 Lead Yourself with Compassion 79
Part 2 Understand and Lead Your People
6 Understand Your People 101
7 Mindful Leadership 115
8 Selfless Leadership 127
9 Compassionate Leadership 143
Part 3 Understand and Lead Your Organization
10 Understand Your Organization 161
11 Lead of a Mindful Organization 171
12 Lead for a Selfless Organization 185
13 Lead for a Compassionate Organization 195
Afterword: Leadership for a Hard Future 205
Appendix A The Mind of the Leader App 209
Appendix B Practices for Training Compassion 211
About the Authors 237
Author Team 239
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
As I see, there's currently a movement of Zen, presence, and mindfulness -- everywhere. The book gives exercises on how to develop this mindful leadership attitude and backs everything up with war stories and anecdotes of current or past leaders well-known companies. My only concern is, that many leaders of the "old-school" cannot, or simply don't want to change their mind and how they lead their teams. If you think you struggle as a leader (you don't have to be C-level), read this book and consider being more present in your job.