Mindful Leadership: The 9 Ways to Self-Awareness, Transforming Yourself, and Inspiring Others

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Mindful Leadership: The 9 Ways to Self-Awareness, Transforming Yourself, and Inspiring Others

by Maria Gonzalez

Wiley | March 27, 2012 | Hardcover

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Become a true leader through Mindfulness

If you thought leading a team or organization meant simply creating and implementing a financial plan, delegating responsibility, and watching the bottom line, well, you''re only partly right. True leadership comes from within, a place of deep calm and focus, that allows you to respond to any situation as it arises. In Mindful Leadership, you''ll learn how to draw on those inner reserves through Mindfulness Meditation, a tool you can use to achieve focus and clarity, reduce stress, and develop the presence of mind to meet any number of challenges.

The book opens up a world of meditation exercises that can be done anywhere, anytime (no chanting or patchouli required!) and that are the gateway to improved judgment and decision making, improved time management, enhanced team effectiveness, greater productivity, and more on-the-job inspiration and innovation.

  • Details the nine ways in which leaders can incorporate Mindfulness into every aspect of their lives
  • Illustrates how meditation and business actually do mix
  • Essential for anyone interested in anticipating and serving client needs
  • The author coaches executives throughout North America and is quoted widely in the media

Offering essential skills for both life and work, Mindful Leadership shows how it''s possible to successfully lead a team, an entire organization—or just yourself.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 224 pages, 7.3 × 5.3 × 0.71 in

Published: March 27, 2012

Publisher: Wiley

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1118127110

ISBN - 13: 9781118127117

Found in: Management and Leadership

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Mindful Leadership: The 9 Ways to Self-Awareness, Transforming Yourself, and Inspiring Others

by Maria Gonzalez

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 224 pages, 7.3 × 5.3 × 0.71 in

Published: March 27, 2012

Publisher: Wiley

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1118127110

ISBN - 13: 9781118127117

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Part 1 – Mindfulness

Chapter 1: Overview 3

Chapter 2: An Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation 13

Chapter 3: Mindfulness Techniques 34

Chapter 4: Five Hindrances that Impede Success 63

Chapter 5: Discovering Your Life Purpose 76

Part 2 – Mindful Leadership

Chapter 6: Be Present 93

Chapter 7: Be Aware 107

Chapter 8: Be Calm 117

Chapter 9: Be Focused 127

Chapter 10: Be Clear 133

Chapter 11: Be Equanimous 142

Chapter 12: Be Positive 152

Chapter 13: Be Compassionate 164

Chapter 14: Be Impeccable 174

Chapter 15: Nine Ways Forward 184

Endnotes 189

Bibliography 193

Index 195

About the Author 199

From the Publisher

Become a true leader through Mindfulness

If you thought leading a team or organization meant simply creating and implementing a financial plan, delegating responsibility, and watching the bottom line, well, you''re only partly right. True leadership comes from within, a place of deep calm and focus, that allows you to respond to any situation as it arises. In Mindful Leadership, you''ll learn how to draw on those inner reserves through Mindfulness Meditation, a tool you can use to achieve focus and clarity, reduce stress, and develop the presence of mind to meet any number of challenges.

The book opens up a world of meditation exercises that can be done anywhere, anytime (no chanting or patchouli required!) and that are the gateway to improved judgment and decision making, improved time management, enhanced team effectiveness, greater productivity, and more on-the-job inspiration and innovation.

  • Details the nine ways in which leaders can incorporate Mindfulness into every aspect of their lives
  • Illustrates how meditation and business actually do mix
  • Essential for anyone interested in anticipating and serving client needs
  • The author coaches executives throughout North America and is quoted widely in the media

Offering essential skills for both life and work, Mindful Leadership shows how it''s possible to successfully lead a team, an entire organization—or just yourself.

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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.)

About the Author

Maria Gonzalez, bcom, mba, is a 30-year business veteran as a corporate executive and entrepreneur who 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, or organizations in mindful leadership.
Maria has taught strategy and organization development at McGill University''s Desautels Faculty of Management. 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 that stress can take on individuals, organizations, and society.
Mindful Leadership is Maria''s second book. She is the coauthor of the award-winning The Mindful Investor (Wiley, 2010). You can visit her online at www.argonautaconsulting.com and read her blog at www.argonautaconsulting.com/blog.
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