In their work with managers and executives at leading companies around the world, authors Tal Ben-Shahar and Angus Ridgway have identified a select group of individuals who consistently perform at their peak, and who make work seem effortless and working with them feel easy. The name they’ve given to those lucky few is “10X Leaders”. You know who they are. They’re the team leaders who bring out the best in everyone. They’re the senior managers who drive growth and innovation. They’re the dream bosses, dream partners, and dream colleagues. There’s a good chance you’ve encountered at least one 10X leader in your career—you’re probably thinking of one right now. And you wondered how they did it.
Dr. Ben-Shahar and Mr. Ridgway believe they know the answer. They have identified the core characteristics, behaviors, and cognitive styles that all 10X leaders share. Even better, they’ve developed a way for virtually anyone to cultivate those traits and ways of thinking in themselves to become happier, more effective, and more successful.
In this powerful new book they describe their revolutionary SHARP (Strength, Health, Absorption, Relationships, and Purpose) program for becoming a 10X leader. They tell you the true stories of people at organizations around the globe who’ve become more effective by learning to use these performance multipliers. And they offer proven strategies for mastering those characteristics and habits for lasting change—the kind of change that can bring you greater fulfilment and success, not just at work, but in every area of your life.
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About the Author
ANGUS RIDGWAY is Co-Founder and CEO of Potentialife. In a career spanning more than 20 years at McKinsey & Company, he led the Leadership Development functions globally, as well as the Strategy Practice for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
Table of ContentsAcknowledgments ix
Part I The Disaggregated World 1
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
Part II What 10x Leaders Do 41
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
Part III How to Change—And Stay Changed 159
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