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The Invisible Leader: Transform Your Life, Work, and Organization with the Power of Authentic Purpose

The Invisible Leader: Transform Your Life, Work, and Organization with the Power of Authentic Purpose

by Zach Mercurio


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The Best Leaders Aren't People

Instead, innovative and emerging research shows that a compelling and other-centered authentic purpose—The Invisible Leader—may be the most powerful influencer of our behaviors, attitudes, and motivation in organizations, work,
school, and life. Yet despite the increasing evidence of purpose’s power, many of the organizations, systems, and institutions which dominate human life aren’t built to elicit and leverage the fundamental human search for purpose and meaning.
In this must-read book for anyone who considers themselves a leader,
international speaker, trainer, and organizational performance scholar Zach
Mercurio shows business leaders, educators, students, athletes, and parents how to AWAKEN, CLARIFY, and DELIVER their reason for existence—their authentic purpose.
Personal, researched, and even mind-shifting, the tools in the The Invisible
Leader will help you lead with authentic purpose and build a life and organization that matters.

"Zach Mercurio has written a compelling book filled with powerful stories, cutting-edge research, and practical tools that shows us how to lead with purpose..."

- Arianna Huffington, Founder and CEO at Thrive Global, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Thrive and The Sleep Revolution.

"If you are seeking both practical guidance and powerful inspiration to unlock the power of purpose in your life or organization, The Invisible Leader is for you. Through vivid storytelling and compelling research, Zach Mercurio proves yet again that the pursuit and achievement of a world-bettering purpose is the most powerful driving force in life and work."

- Aaron Hurst, National Bestselling Author of The Purpose Economy, CEO at Imperative

“At KPMG, our purpose-driven culture inspires us to make a tangible difference for our clients, our people, and society. In The Invisible Leader, Zach Mercurio explains why bringing purpose into the workplace is a business imperative and shares valuable insights on how to unleash its power within yourself and your organization.”

- Lynne Doughtie, U.S. Chairman & CEO, KPMG

"Nothing inspires or motivates people more than purpose - to know that our lives and our work can make a difference. The Invisible Leader is a profoundly practical guide to empowering people with purpose so that your organization can make the greatest possible impact."

- Andrew Ripley, Co-Founder & CEO, PurposeMatch.com

“A compelling, research-based case for elevating a shared “why” to its rightful place: as the invisible leader that pulls us all forward. Zach is a clear leader in the #lovework Revolution; get this book and join him in the movement!”

- Josh Allan Dykstra, CEO at Strengthscope U.S. & Author of Igniting the Invisible Tribe: Designing An Organization That Doesn’t Suck

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599328515
Publisher: Advantage Media Group
Publication date: 10/24/2017
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 341,657
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

ZACH MERCURIO, PhD is an organization and leadership development researcher, adjunct professor, and strategist. He has worked with and advised leaders in global companies, nonprofits, K-12 schools, and universities around the world. Some of his clients have included the National Park Service, the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, Crocs, and the Alzheimer’s Association. His work has been featured internationally in media outlets such as The Huffington Post, Thrive Global, Psychology Today, Inc. magazine, and Forbes, and he is a regular guest on a wide range of leadership and organization development podcasts.

Zach earned his PhD in organizational learning, performance, and change from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO, where he researches meaningful work, purposeful leadership, and organization development and serves as an adjunct professor.

Table of Contents

Disclaimer 3

Acknowledgments 5

Introduction The Transformative Power of Purpose 7

Part I Authentic Purpose: the Invisible Leader

Chapter 1 What is Authentic Purpose? 15

Chapter 2 The Power of Authentic Purpose 33

Chapter 3 Invisible Leadership 53

Part II Awakening Purpose

Chapter 4 How Have You Changed the World Today? 69

Chapter 5 What's Your Problem? 89

Part III Clarifying Purpose

Chapter 6 Identify And State Your Authentic Purpose 107

Chapter 7 Instill a Clear, Authentic Purpose 123

Part IV Delivering Purpose

Chapter 8 The Integrity of Purpose 139

Chapter 9 Designing a Purposeful Organizational Culture 153

Chapter 10 Designing Purposeful Stakeholder Experiences 171

Chapter 11 How to Start 185

Conclusion The Continual Search for Purpose 199

Sources 203

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