In 2007, Joanna Barsh led a team at McKinsey & Company to answer that very question. In the process, they uncovered what distinguishes leaders who are successful from those who achieve true greatness, developing an approach called Centered Leadership. They drew on research from across the academic fields of leadership, organization behavior, neuroscience, evolutionary psychology and positive psychology. In addition, Barsh interviewed over 160 leaders from many fields – including business, government and the arts – and from many countries. With quantitative research, the team learned that these leaders have mastered practices to find their balance in the midst of chaos and lead from their most resourceful selves, unleashing the potential of others. In 2009, Johanne Lavoie joined to lead development of programs that help executives build these capabilities. Their research and development work continues as more and more leaders experience Centered Leadership.
In the business bestseller, How Remarkable Women Lead, Barsh described Centered Leadership’s five capabilities and the research that underpins it. Here, with colleague Johanne Lavoie, Barsh provides a practical, actionable field guide for implementation.
In Centered Leadership, Barsh and Lavoie will guide you through the Centered Leadership program. You’ll find the interactive tools, exercises, and practices that have helped the men and women participants in Centered Leadership programs gain the skills, courage and confidence to lead. And, along the way, you’ll read inspiring stories of remarkable men and women leaders who demonstrate the power of these skills in action.
Those early in their careers will learn how to use these skills to explore their passions and accelerate their professional development. Those forming families will be able to use them to reconcile manage work and life to get the most out of both. And those who have already achieved success will be able use these practices to reach their next leadership horizon.
No matter what stage you are currently at in your career, or what level of leadership you aspire to, this book will equip you with the tools to unlock your own Centered Leader and achieve more positive impact at work and outside it.
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About the Author
JOHANNE LAVOIE is a senior expert in McKinsey’s organization practice; she serves as the dean of the Centered Leadership Program, the global leadership course for senior executives. Johanne mixes twenty years of business consulting with expertise in adult development and organization culture at Fortune 100 companies. In addition, Johanne serves on the advisory board and faculty of the Banff Leadership Center. She has an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
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Table of Contents
Part 1 Introduction to Centered Leadership
1 Your Centered Leadership Journey 3
2 Introducing Your Guides 11
3 Setting Out 17
4 At My Best 26
Part 2 Meaning
5 Becoming Soulful 35
6 Building on Your Strengths 46
Story 1 Wangechi Lives into Her Strengths 55
7 Leading with Purpose 60
Story 2 Geoffrey Pursues his Purpose 72
Part 3 Framing
8 Becoming Perceptive 79
9 Identifying Your Triggers and Fears 86
Story 3 Mellody Faces Her Fears Head-On 96
10 Learning to Pause 102
Story 4 Zoe Pauses Naturally 106
11 Learning to Shift Mindsets 109
Story 5 Ed Reframes to Learn 119
Part 4 Connecting
12 Becoming Linked 125
13 Forging Trust 131
Story 6 June Trusts Herself and Her Team 139
14 Building Your Desired Network 143
Story 7 Monique Builds a Community 151
15 Cultivating Sponsors 156
Story 8 John's Sponsors Make the Difference 163
Part 5 Engaging
16 Becoming a Force 171
17 Building Presence as a Storyteller 178
Story 9 Fabrizio's Stories about the Magic of People 188
18 Facing Fears Through Hope 194
Story 10 Sheila Learns to Balance 200
19 Taking Risks and Actions 203
Story 11 Biniam Masters his Fate 211
Part 6 Energizing
20 Becoming Energized 219
21 Noting Your Energy Level 226
Story 12 Jamil Sees the Signs and Embraces Recovery 235
22 Practicing Recovery 240
Story 13 Rebecca Uses Recovery to Enjoy Chaos 249
23 Sustaining Renewal 254
Story 14 Terry Bounces Back and Higher 258
Part 7 The Journey Continues
24 Moving to Action 265
Story 15 Band of Brothers 269
25 Your Leadership Learning Plan 283
Acknowledgments-Fly Us to the Moon! 289