The Mind of the Leader: How to Lead Yourself, Your People, and Your Organization for Extraordinary Results

The Mind of the Leader: How to Lead Yourself, Your People, and Your Organization for Extraordinary Results

by Rasmus Hougaard, Jacqueline Carter


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Join the global movement that's making corporations more people-centric to achieve great results.

The world is facing a global leadership crisis. Seventy-seven percent of leaders think they do a good job of engaging their people, yet 88 percent of employees say their leaders don't engage enough. There is also a high level of suffering in the workplace: 35 percent of employees would forgo a pay raise to see their leaders fired.

This is an enormous waste of human talent--despite the fact that $46 billion is spent each year on leadership development.

Based on extensive research, including assessments of more than 35,000 leaders and interviews with 250 C-level executives, The Mind of the Leader concludes that organizations and leaders aren't meeting employees' basic human needs of finding meaning, purpose, connection, and genuine happiness in their work.

But more than a description of the problem, The Mind of the Leader offers a radical, yet practical, solution. To solve the leadership crisis, organizations need to put people at the center of their strategy. They need to develop managers and executives who lead with three core mental qualities: mindfulness, selflessness, and compassion.

Using real-world inspirational examples from Marriott, Accenture, McKinsey & Company, LinkedIn, and many more, The Mind of the Leader shows how this new kind of leadership turns conventional leadership thinking upside down. It represents a radical redefinition of what it takes to be an effective leader--and a practical, hard-nosed solution to every organization's engagement and execution problems.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633693425
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Publication date: 03/13/2018
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 455,003
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Rasmus Hougaard is the Founder and Managing Director of Potential Project, the global leading provider of leadership and organizational effectiveness solutions based on training the mind. Rasmus has practiced and taught mindfulness for more than two decades. Jacqueline Carter is an International Partner and North American Director for Potential Project. She has over twenty years of experience working with organizations around the globe to enhance effectiveness and improve performance. Together, they are the authors of One Second Ahead: Enhance Your Performance at Work with Mindfulness.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Introduction 1

1 The MSC Leader 7

Part 1 Understand and Lead Yourself

2 Understand Yourself 25

3 Mindfully Lead Yourself 45

4 Selfless Self-Leadership 63

5 Lead Yourself with Compassion 79

Part 2 Understand and Lead Your People

6 Understand Your People 101

7 Mindful Leadership 115

8 Selfless Leadership 127

9 Compassionate Leadership 143

Part 3 Understand and Lead Your Organization

10 Understand Your Organization 161

11 Lead of a Mindful Organization 171

12 Lead for a Selfless Organization 185

13 Lead for a Compassionate Organization 195

Afterword: Leadership for a Hard Future 205

Appendix A The Mind of the Leader App 209

Appendix B Practices for Training Compassion 211

Notes 215

Index 225

Acknowledgments 235

About the Authors 237

Author Team 239

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