The Joy of Leadership: How Positive Psychology Can Maximize Your Impact (and Make You Happier) in a Challenging World

The Joy of Leadership: How Positive Psychology Can Maximize Your Impact (and Make You Happier) in a Challenging World

by Tal Ben-Shahar, Angus Ridgway


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ISBN-13: 9781119313007
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 08/07/2017
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,109,717
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Tal Ben-Shahar (; Israel) is a speaker and author of the international best sellers Happier and Being Happy. He taught two of the largest classes in Harvard University’s history, Positive Psychology and The Psychology of Leadership. Today, Tal consults and lectures around the world to executives in multi-national corporations, the general public, and at-risk populations. The topics he lectures on include leadership, happiness, education, innovation, ethics, self-esteem, resilience, goal setting, and mindfulness. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages, and have appeared on best-sellers lists around the world. He obtained his PhD in Organizational Behavior and BA in Philosophy and Psychology from Harvard . He is Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer at Potentiallife, a leadership development organization.

Angus Ridgway (London, UK) is Co-Founder and CEO of Potentiallife. Previously he was with McKinsey, and led the Strategy Practice in Europe, Middle East and Africa, overseeing the work of over 1,000 colleagues. In addition, for over 10 years he led Leadership Development functions at McKinsey, most recently for the global group of 1,500 Partners. His interest in leadership came from his astonishment at the diversity of leadership profiles he saw in his clients over the years.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix


Chapter 1 The 10X Effect: Performance Multipliers to Achieve Lasting Success and Fulfillment 3

Chapter 2 Giving Way to the New: The Boundaryless Twenty-First-Century Work Environment 15

Chapter 3 Myths of Happiness and Leadership: Making the Case for SHARP 29


Chapter 4 Strengths: Making the Most of Your Gifts 43

Chapter 5 Health: Injecting Energy into Life and Work 67

Chapter 6 Absorption: Revealing the Extraordinary in the Ordinary through Mindful Engagement 87

Chapter 7 Relationships: Forming Authentic and Positive Bonds 107

Chapter 8 Purpose: Meaning and Commitment Are the Path to Joyful Leadership 129

Chapter 9 The Balanced Approach: SHARP and Cascading Success 149


Chapter 10 Obstacles—and Pathways—to Lasting Behavioral Change: Neuroplasticity and the Possibility of Joyful Transformation 161

Chapter 11 Creating New, Durable Pathways to Joyful Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Making SHARP Changes 177

Chapter 12 Finale: The 10X Effect Revisited and Becoming the Sum Total of Who You Are 191

Notes 197

Index 215

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