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Centered Leadership: Leading with Purpose, Clarity, and Impact

Centered Leadership: Leading with Purpose, Clarity, and Impact

by Joanna Barsh, Johanne Lavoie
Centered Leadership: Leading with Purpose, Clarity, and Impact

Centered Leadership: Leading with Purpose, Clarity, and Impact

by Joanna Barsh, Johanne Lavoie


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What enables some talented people to rise to the top and live their full ambitions at work and in life, while others stop short?

 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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804138871
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/18/2014
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 636,929
Product dimensions: 6.38(w) x 9.98(h) x 1.09(d)

About the Author

JOANNA BARSH is the author of the business bestseller How Remarkable Women Lead and director emeritus at McKinsey & Company. At McKinsey, she led the creation of Centered Leadership in 2008. Joanna now helps governments and businesses grow the global community of Centered Leaders. She has spoken to groups in over 20 countries, including Australia, Brazil, China, France, Indonesia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, and the U.K., and Fortune 100 companies such as Citi, Danone, GE, Google, Time Warner, and Walmart. She has been featured by the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, FT, Businessweek, and more. Joanna holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School where she was a Baker Scholar.

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

Introduction xiii

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

Notes 295

Index 311

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