The ultimate guide to becoming an extraordinary leader – while finding happiness, gaining authenticity, and banishing stress
Integrating proven mindfulness practices and world-class leadership theory, The Mindful Leader is the essential guide for self-aware leadership. The book simplifies mindfulness principles and links them solidly to business benefits. It provides a practically-grounded template for leaders to develop unprecedented levels of self awareness, wellbeing and effectiveness.
Research findings throughout the book detail the positive impact of mindfulness from the perspectives of brain science, psychology and leadership. International case studies from a variety of industries illustrate the everyday implementation of mindful leadership. You'll learn easy mindfulness practices that you can implement today and a practical framework for everyday mindful leadership. You'll also be given access to online resources for vision reflections, values clarification, mindfulness practices and more.
Mindful leadership is a hot topic – but it's not as simple as "when you become mindful, great leadership will spontaneously happen." This book serves as both mindfulness training and leadership training, clarifying the parallel while guiding you through the many points of intersection.
- Improve your leadership skills via context-specific mindfulness practices
- Learn mindfulness from a practical perspective, with real workplace skills
- Discover how leaders from around the world practice mindful leadership every day
- Understand the neuroscience link between mindfulness and great leadership
- Learn practices that deliver a deeper sense of integrity, authenticity, fulfillment and bottom-line results improvement
Mindfulness provides real, practical tools for self-awareness, mental wellbeing, stress reduction and more. When practiced through a leadership lens, it becomes much more than just another leadership guide. Mindfulness transforms leadership as a whole, delivering real, lasting change that transcends typical leadership training. For a clear, concise framework of mindfulness at work, The Mindful Leader is the ideal guide for those serious about effective, sustainable leadership.
About the Author
MICHAEL BUNTING is the founder of the leadership consultancy WorkSmart Australia, a certified B Corp. He is the co-author of Extraordinary Leadership in Australia and New Zealand, with James Kouzes and Barry Posner and A Practical Guide to Mindful Meditation, with Patrick Kearney, and a speaker and consultant to organisations ranging from global multinationals through to medium-sized businesses in the area of leadership, engagement, alignment, values and culture.
About the author xv
Introduction: How mindfulness impacts leadership xvii
1 Be here now 1
2 Take 200 per cent accountability 21
3 Lead from mindful values 41
4 Inspire a mindful vision 65
5 Cultivate beginner’s mind 87
6 Empower others to shine 109
7 Nourish others with love 133
8 Transforming for good 155