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The Mind of the Leader: How to Lead Yourself, Your People, and Your Organization for Extraordinary Results Hardcover – March 13, 2018
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"An excellent how-to with exercises and coaching on presence, awareness, and focus." -- Associations Now
"lays out succinctly and in clear language a three-part approach to leadership…Books like this should be required reading in business schools everywhere." -- Mindful magazine
Advance Praise for The Mind of the Leader:
Dominic Barton, Global Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company--
"The Mind of the Leader has captured some of the essentials of leadership in the twenty-first century: being mindful, selfless, and compassionate. With these, we are better able to engage our people and we bring more value to our clients."
Kathleen Hogan, Chief People Officer, Microsoft--
"A forward and practical guide for companies wanting to evolve their leadership capabilities to engage both the minds and the hearts of today's workforce."
Francine Katsoudas, SVP and Chief People Officer, Cisco--
"How leaders communicate, engage, and show up to their teams has never been more important. Creating a world-class team and environment where people can do their best work is the number-one job of a leader, and more than ever leaders are being asked to elevate team performance through innovative leadership. The Mind of the Leader shares important insights and perspectives and lays a path for how you make this happen."
Loren I. Shuster, Chief People Officer, the LEGO Group--
"The Mind of the Leader goes beyond the hyperbole associated with mindfulness today and provides real-world examples from leading executives that can not only provide inspiration to the reader but outline a path toward the cultivation of such critical leadership qualities as selflessness and compassion. Creating the context for others to find meaning, purpose, and a sense of connectedness has become the hallmark of a productive and engaged organization."
Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO, Thrive Global--
"In The Mind of the Leader, Hougaard and Carter draw on years of research to show that the traditional, top-down style of leadership doesn't work anymore. The successful leaders of the future will be human-centered, focused as much on growth and the bottom line as on creating a flourishing and sustainable culture. This book is a manual of success for leaders in any industry."
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.
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The book, alas, was not pretty good. It was not good. It was awful. Here’s why I didn’t finish this awful book.
The authors stated their claims without supporting them. In the introduction, they say they worked with several colleagues and several companies “utilizing the practices of mindfulness.” They claim “The outcomes have been thoroughly researched and proven to deliver remarkable results.”
That’s great, but what was the research? What were the remarkable results? Work with clients is not research, it’s work with clients. If that work produces remarkable results those results can be the starting point for research.
Then the authors say they asked themselves what leaders need beyond mindfulness, and they surveyed and assessed over 30,000 leaders from thousands of companies and over 100 countries. They interviewed some leaders. And then they say this.
“Based on this research, we have conclusively found that three mental qualities stand out as being foundational.”
That’s a good statement of what they concluded, but it’s not a description of what they did and how they reached their conclusion. It’s sloppy and self-promotional.
The authors use common leadership terms in unconventional ways. They say internal drivers of intrinsic motivation are “meaningful engagement, connectedness, and feeling valued.” That ignores the work of Edward Deci and Richard Ryan, who have been researching intrinsic motivation since the 1970s. According to their research, and other research supporting their Self-Determination Theory, key drivers of intrinsic motivation are autonomy, relatedness, and competence.
There’s no reason the authors of The Mind of a Leader have to agree with that. They can come up with something different. If you’re writing a business book where what you say conflicts with other, well-established, research you owe it your reader, to tell me how you differ and how you reached your conclusion.
Another example is their use of the term “flow.” According to the authors, “When you’re focused but on autopilot, your state of mind can be described as being in ‘flow.’”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, the researcher who coined the term flow, defines flow as total absorption in what you’re doing. That’s very different from being on autopilot. Again, there’s no reason the authors can’t differ with Csikszentmihalyi. Just tell me why you differ.
Again and again, I got angry with the authors. Finally, I quit reading. If facts, research, and clear explanations of reasoning are important to you, skip this book
Top international reviews
Die beiden Autoren Rasmus Hougaard und Jacqueline Carter untermauern mit vielen, internationalen und sehr interessanten Beispielen in ihrer großartigen Leadership Fibel, wie zentral People-Centricity für Organisationen in unsere komplexe und unberechenbare Zukunft sein wird. Sie bauen ihre Theorie rund um "Leadership" und "Awareness" konzentrisch auf. Im Zentrum steht mit "Understand and Lead Yourself" das eigenen Verständnis und Verhalten zu Mindfulness, Selflessness und Being Compassionate. In der mittleren und zweiten Zwiebelschale finden wir "Understand and Lead Your People", in der unser Verständnis und Verhalten als Leader im Umgang mit anderen individuellen Menschen, Mitarbeiter und beleuchtet wird. In der dritten und äußersten Schale beschäftigen wir uns mit "Understand and Lead Your Organisation" und auch hier beziehen wir uns wieder auf die drei zentralen Erfolgsfaktoren Mindfulness, Selflessness und Being Compassionate.
Jedes Kapitel erklärt, begleitet von smarten Beispielen unterschiedlicher internationaler Industrien und schlägt Training und Reflexion mit Quick Tips vor, die zum Üben anregen. Am wichtigsten ist den Autoren dabei unser Kommittent zur regelmäßigen Übung. Ergänzend dazu wird auch eine Praxis-App angeboten und hier kommt mein einziger Kritikpunkt. Die App stellt nur eines der drei Themen zur freien Verfügung, wollen wir nicht nur Mindfulness sondern auch Selflessness und Being Compassionate üben, werden wir sauber und monatlich zur Kasse gebeten (ohne mich!).
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