Grounded: How Leaders Stay Rooted in an Uncertain World

Grounded: How Leaders Stay Rooted in an Uncertain World

by Bob Rosen


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Grounded: How Leaders Stay Rooted in an Uncertain World by Bob Rosen

A provocative, personal approach to leadership based on in-depthresearch with hundreds of executives around the world

Confronted by disruptive change and economic turbulence, many oftoday's leaders find themselves ill-equipped to manage the hazardsthey now face. They must contend with chronic uncertainty, cynicalemployees, and personal burnout. Most are poorly served by theprevailing paradigm that obsessively focuses on what we do toproduce short-term results while sabotaging who we are as healthyhuman beings. Few have seen alternatives, until now.

Grounded proposes a new approach that's designed foractual humans who must grapple with these forces. This new paradigmspeaks to our better selves. Based on the author's Healthy Leadermodel, it focuses on the six personal dimensions thatfuel—and refuel—the world's top leaders: physical,emotional, intellectual, social, vocational, and spiritualhealth.

The book argues that leaders at every level can be moreself-aware, develop their untapped potential, and drivesignificantly better results—for themselves, their teams, andtheir organizations.

  • Shows readers how to build a personal leadership model thatworks with their values, goals and capabilities
  • Features fresh stories from leaders in a variety oforganizations including the New York Fire Department,PricewaterhouseCoopers, The Lego Group, and Medstar Health
  • Gives leaders practical tools to face their toughest challengeswith greater skill, confidence, and impact

By developing themselves and mastering the six dimensions,readers can gain the stamina and strength to not only weather toughtimes but to achieve much, much more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118680773
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/28/2013
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 638,730
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

BOB ROSEN is a trusted CEO advisor, organizational psychologist, and bestselling author. As the founder and CEO of Healthy Companies International, he has long been on a mission to transform the world of business, one leader at a time. The recipient of a multiyear grant from the MacArthur Foundation, Bob continues to pursue his research into the nature of leadership. A frequent media commentator, he has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, and the Financial Times. Bob's previous books include The Healthy Company, Leading People, Just Enough Anxiety, Global Literacies, and The Catalyst.

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Table of Contents


1 The Winds of Change 2

2 Are You Bending, Breaking, or Staying Rooted? 12

3 Who You Are Drives What You Do 24


Physical Health 38

4 Body-Mind Awareness 40

5 Energy Management 48

6 Peak-Performance Lifestyle 57

Emotional Health 65

7 Self-Awareness 67

8 Positive Emotions 76

9 Resilience 91

Intellectual Health 101

10 Deep Curiosity 103

11 Adaptive Mindset 114

12 Paradoxical Thinking 128

Social Health 138

13 Authenticity 140

14 Mutually Rewarding Relationships 151

15 Nourishing Teams and Communities 163

Vocational Health 176

16 Meaningful Calling 179

17 Personal Mastery 189

18 Drive to Succeed 200

Spiritual Health 215

19 Higher Purpose 217

20 Global Connectedness 225

21 Generosity of Spirit 235

22 On Becoming a Healthy Leader 248


How Healthy Leaders Build Healthy Organizations 262

23 Tapping into a Higher Purpose 265

24 Forging a Shared Direction 272

25 Unleashing Human Potential 280

26 Fostering Productive Relationships 287

27 Seizing New Opportunities 294

28 Driving High Performance 301

Grounded: A Change in Consciousness 311

Notes 314

Acknowledgments 330

About the Author 332

Index 334

About Healthy Companies 348

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is for anyone that aspires to bring their whole selves to the table of leadership. With stories, research, and lessons from Bob's own coaching experiences, this book has something for everyone whether you are leading a Fortune 500 or your Girl Scout Troop. I like most the holistic approach to leadership with the six dimensions of health, or six aspects of finding fulfillment and being your true self in the workplace. Having experienced the bad side of leaders who are manipulative and self-serving, it's refreshing to read these concepts and see a glimmer of hope for the corporate world.