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Meditation and Business Do Mix...Scented Candles Not Required

Effective leaders are self aware and empower those they influence to achieve their potential. Mindful Leadership is a guide to leadership that starts with the self—for business people, members of the public service, professionals, and anyone else in a position to influence others.

Maria Gonzalez shows you how to use a single tool—Mindfulness meditation—to achieve clarity, focus, and self-awareness, enabling you to transform yourself and achieve positive results by inspiring those you lead. In this book, you will learn how to use mindfulness to:

  • Achieve greater concentration and productivity

  • Reduce the stresses in your life and manage those that remain

  • Become resilient and sustain high performance over the long term

  • Anticipate and serve stakeholder needs, commu-nicate better, and increase team effectiveness

  • Stay focused on what matters and remain level-headed about what you can't control

  • Create calm and focus, see clearly under stressful conditions, and make better decisions

Mindfulness is a process of training the mind that anyone can follow, and Mindful Leadership provides simple techniques you can use anytime, anywhere, to improve yourself as a leader. Beginning with the simple act of being fully present, mindfulness opens up the 9 ways to become more effective in every aspect of life.

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Praise for Mindful Leadership

"Whether I was running a multi-billion-dollar company or a start-up, I thought I was doing everyone a favor by multi-tasking. I actually believed I was one of the few that could do it well. Maria's insight and approach have made me realize that I was a distracted and inefficient leader who created stress for both myself and those I led. This book is a must-read for anyone in a position of leadership or a position to impact others in small organizations or large."
Alek Krstajic, CEO of Public Mobile (and former President of Bell Mobility)

"Mindful Leadership approaches the subject of leadership and decision-making from an unusual perspective. The insights are practical and useful; the techniques, which are both simple and complex at the same time, are laid out clearly and in fascinating detail."
Greig Woodring, President & CEO, Reinsurance Group of America

"Make no mistake about it: this book is a gift. A gift to all busy leaders, managers, and individuals who wish to make a difference for themselves and, above all, for those around them. Looking beyond the razor-edge of Key Performance Indicators and hard outcomes, it deals with changing the way one looks at leadership, bringing authenticity and values to the fore, and achieving more for all in the process. Management meets meditation to provide something simply awesome and awe-inspiring for those fortunate enough to read this and be open to its wisdom. It's a much needed new way of living and thinking, like a breath of fresh air to chase those blue cobwebs away from our minds, recharge our energy, and add gracious purpose to our lives. Thank you!"
Sandra Macleod, FIPR, CCIM, GCE, Echo Research (U.K.)

Product Details

  • File Size: 295 KB
  • Print Length: 221 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1118127110
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (March 13, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 13, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007L7T84E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,538 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Maria Gonzalez (BCom, MBA) is an award winning and best-selling author and a 30-year business veteran as a corporate executive and entrepreneur. She believes that Mindfulness transforms lives and organizations, and that it has the potential to transform society. She has been meditating regularly since 1991 and teaching Mindfulness since 2002. She applies Mindfulness to all aspects of her life, both personally and professionally. As founder and president of Argonauta Strategic Alliances Consulting Inc., she ensures that mindfulness is indistinguishable from her business, whether negotiating complex strategic alliances, doing strategy consulting, or coaching business leaders, professionals, entire teams, organizations or individuals in mindful leadership.

Maria teaches Mindful Leadership at the University of Toronto and has taught strategy and organization development at McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management in the MBA and BCom Programs and the Executive Institute. She is a contributor to the Harvard Business Review. You can listen to her interviews and view her HBR articles at

Over the last two decades she has served on numerous boards and has been a member of the Corporate Advisory Board for the Harvard Medical School--MacArthur Foundation's study on depression and workplace performance. Having served as a founding member and vice-chair of the Global Business and Economic Roundtable on Addictions and Mental Health, she knows the toll stress can take on individuals, organizations, and society.

Maria is an award winning and best selling author. Mindful Leadership: The 9 Ways to Self-Awareness, Transforming Yourself, and Inspiring Others (Jossey-Bass / John Wiley & Sons 2012) is Maria's second book. She is also coauthor of The Mindful Investor (John Wiley & Sons, 2010).

She has launched the Mindful Leadership App available for Apple and Android devices. The app has 12 categories and over 70 guided meditations.

You can visit for more information; read her Mindful Leadership Blog at and visit her YouTube Mindful Leadership's Channel at:

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on January 8, 2013
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Over this holiday break, I picked up the book "Mindful Leadership." I bought it based purely on the title, with little expectations - it had no ratings or reviews when I placed the order. I believe that everybody can benefit from understanding the nine ways the Maria Gonzales identifies. The author makes the case that we're all a leader since a leader is anybody with the opportunity to influence another being - regardless of our seniority, age or social status. Buy the book. Here is a quick recap to wet your appetite:

Being present is the biggest gift you can give and is the starting point of being a mindful leader. The key to being present is pairing intention with attention. Be in the moment regardless of circumstance. Never waste energy and time regretting the past or fretting the future.

Observe how others take in what you're saying and see if you have buy-in or doubters. Scan and study the non-verbal conversation. Beyond just words, listen with the "third ear" to the intonation and conviction with which people speak. Truly listen to what someone says, rather than what you wish they had said or what you fear they have said. Slow down, wait in order to hear, hear in order to listen, and listen in order to speak.

Being aware starts with being receptive. Be mindful of arising thoughts and feelings at any given moment - don't be blindsided or hijacked by your emotions. However, don't suppress what you are experiencing. Don't interfere, just notice.

Being aware also means noticing how you affect others. Constantly observe how your words, your actions, your demeanor and energy impact those around you. Be receptive and listen for possibilities, without judgment.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By DaveO on November 25, 2012
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The book claims to be about leadership but the ideas can be applied to all situations and is valuable reading for anyone. At first I was tempted to dismiss the suggestions in the book as they are very radical, especially to those of us in the developed western world; many of the ideas appear to come from Buddhist meditation techniques. The more I read, however, the ideas made sense and their application could make me more effective in my business and personal life. It is not easy to apply these concepts and it will require hours of work but I think that it will be worth the effort.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to be more effective in their daily life; whether they are in a leadership role or not. The book is clear and easy to read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christine D. Trani on December 19, 2012
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As a leadership coach and consultant, I highly recommend this book. It serves as a great resource for me as I work with my own clients to consider the benefits of a mindfulness practice. Maria presents mindfulness in a clear, concise, manner and offers examples that are highly relevant for leaders. She also presents a variety formal techniques that are "user-friendly" and immediately applicable for use during coaching sessions or as suggested assignments for the client to explore between coaching sessions.
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Mindful Leadership: The 9 Ways to Self-Awareness, Transforming Yourself, and Inspiring Others is the most practical application of Buddhist Mindfulness practice principles and Buddhist thinking to leadership that I have yet read. In a "no-nosense" manner. author Maria Gonzalez takes readers through nine ways those who find themselves in leadership positions can engage in practices that foster authenticity, integrity, and centeredness as they try to lead and influence others. With meditation practice as the core of mindfulness training, leaders can learn how to simply be more "present" as they engage in their daily jobs. Gonzalez truly provides clear practices that any leader, Buddhist or not, can implement and become powerful leaders of their organizations. This is one of the most powerful leadership books I have read this year, and whether you are Buddhist or not, you will find gems of wisdom and strategies that make you a better leader.
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