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Grounded: How Leaders Stay Rooted in an Uncertain World

ISBN: 978-1-118-68077-3
368 pages
October 2013, Jossey-Bass
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A provocative, personal approach to leadership based on in-depth research with hundreds of executives around the world

Confronted by disruptive change and economic turbulence, many of today's leaders find themselves ill-equipped to manage the hazards they now face. They must contend with chronic uncertainty, cynical employees, and personal burnout. Most are poorly served by the prevailing paradigm that obsessively focuses on what we do to produce short-term results while sabotaging who we are as healthy human beings. Few have seen alternatives, until now.

Grounded proposes a new approach that's designed for actual humans who must grapple with these forces. This new paradigm speaks to our better selves. Based on the author's Healthy Leader model, it focuses on the six personal dimensions that fuel—and refuel—the world's top leaders: physical, emotional, intellectual, social, vocational, and spiritual health.

The book argues that leaders at every level can be more self-aware, develop their untapped potential, and drive significantly better results—for themselves, their teams, and their organizations.

  • Shows readers how to build a personal leadership model that works with their values, goals and capabilities
  • Features fresh stories from leaders in a variety of organizations including the New York Fire Department, PricewaterhouseCoopers, The Lego Group, and Medstar Health
  • Gives leaders practical tools to face their toughest challenges with greater skill, confidence, and impact

By developing themselves and mastering the six dimensions, readers can gain the stamina and strength to not only weather tough times but to achieve much, much more.

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Table of Contents

PART I A CRISIS ON THE HORIZON

1 The Winds of Change 2

2 Are You Bending, Breaking, or Staying Rooted? 12

3 Who You Are Drives What You Do 24

PART II THE ROOTS OF HEALTHY LEADERSHIP

Physical Health 38

4 Body-Mind Awareness 40

5 Energy Management 48

6 Peak-Performance Lifestyle 57

Emotional Health 65

7 Self-Awareness 67

8 Positive Emotions 76

9 Resilience 91

Intellectual Health 101

10 Deep Curiosity 103

11 Adaptive Mindset 114

12 Paradoxical Thinking 128

Social Health 138

13 Authenticity 140

14 Mutually Rewarding Relationships 151

15 Nourishing Teams and Communities 163

Vocational Health 176

16 Meaningful Calling 179

17 Personal Mastery 189

18 Drive to Succeed 200

Spiritual Health 215

19 Higher Purpose 217

20 Global Connectedness 225

21 Generosity of Spirit 235

22 On Becoming a Healthy Leader 248

PART III PUTTING LEADERSHIP INTO ACTION

How Healthy Leaders Build Healthy Organizations 262

23 Tapping into a Higher Purpose 265

24 Forging a Shared Direction 272

25 Unleashing Human Potential 280

26 Fostering Productive Relationships 287

27 Seizing New Opportunities 294

28 Driving High Performance 301

Grounded: A Change in Consciousness 311

Notes 314

Acknowledgments 330

About the Author 332

Index 334

About Healthy Companies 348

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Author Information

Bob Rosen is a trusted CEO advisor, organizational psychologist, and bestselling author. As the founder and CEO of Healthy Companies International, he has long been on a mission to transform the world of business, one leader at a time. The recipient of a multiyear grant from the MacArthur Foundation, Bob continues to pursue his research into the nature of leadership. A frequent media commentator, he has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, and the Financial Times. Bob's previous books include The Healthy Company, Leading People, Just Enough Anxiety, Global Literacies, and The Catalyst.

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Reviews

Advisor and organizational psychologist Rosen (CEO & founder, Healthy Companies Intl.; The Healthy Company: Eight Strategies To Develop People, Productivity, and Profits) outlines a holistic approach to leadership based on his in-depth research of several international companies (e.g., Polo Ralph Lauren, Alcoa, PBS). The book's main message is that a leader must cultivate a healthy internal balance of six aspects: physical, emotional, intellectual, social, vocational, and spiritual. Rosen identifies these qualities as the roots of leadership and suggests that the leader possessing them can more easily withstand chaos. The core of the text discusses methods for developing sound foundations. The healthier the leader is, the stronger the organization will be as a whole. The book's final section expands on how developing these characteristics will influence a well-balanced person and contribute to a flourishing company. VERDICT Rosen draws from interviews and case studies to present a simple message to leaders: focus on improving yourself before you try to fix your company. While the conceit of the title is compelling, the concepts put forth may appear as unreachable ideals. This volume pulls together dissimilar leadership models and will appeal to business readers bored of training manuals. Recommended. —John Rodzvilla, Emerson Coll., Boston (Library Journal, October 2013)

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Press Release

October 23, 2013
GROUNDED: How Leaders Stay Rooted in an Uncertain World

How can leaders stay grounded when everything around them is unstable? Beset by rapid change and challenged by uncertain markets, many of today's business leaders find themselves ill equipped to manage the hazards they face. They must contend with cynical workforces, personal burnout, economic impermanence, and constant volatility. Facing these issues, leaders feel thrust into survival mode, tapping into their natural state of “fight or flight,” and habituating to a level of turmoil rarely experienced in our lifetime.  This new normal has left many leaders finding themselves poorly served by the prevailing paradigm of corporate leader as icon and hero.

Filling the gap between the leaders we have and the leaders we need, GROUNDED: How Leaders Stay Rooted in an Uncertain World (November 11, 2013; Jossey-Bass) by Bob Rosen, CEO and Founder of Healthy Companies International offers a more human and sustainable model for leadership based on Six Dimensions: physical, emotional, intellectual, social, vocational, and spiritual health.

Arguing that great leadership is not based on concrete actions as much as on the inner qualities of a person, Grounded forces leaders to look at their own values, personalities, and experiences and use those as a basis for honest, effective leadership. Because effective leaders examine not just what they must do, but who they are as people. To do so they must focus on three things: Who we are as human beings; How that drives what we do as leaders; How to develop everyone’s leadership potential.

Rosen reveals how leaders at every level can be more self-aware, develop their untapped potential, and drive significantly better results—for themselves, their teams, and their organizations. The book:

  • Shows readers how to build a personal leadership model that works with their values, goals and capabilities
  • Features fresh stories from leaders in a variety of organizations including the New York Fire Department, PricewaterhouseCoopers, The Lego Group, and Medstar Health
  • Gives leaders practical tools to face their toughest challenges with greater skill, confidence, and impact

Rosen provides compelling narratives of leaders who have tapped into a higher purpose, including:

  • Klaus Kleinfeld, CEO of Alcoa, whose sense of responsible entrepreneurship—driven by his childhood experiences in both East and West Germany—is a hallmark of his leadership style.
  • Mitch Kosh, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Polo Ralph Lauren, who helps the growing company stay true to its brand with leadership values rooted in his personal authenticity.
  • Paula Kerger who found she could better tackle the challenge of her job as President and CEO of the Public Broadcasting Service by also pursuing the personal challenge of a triathlon.
  • And the CEOs of Procter & Gamble, Ford, Yum! Brands and other admired companies.

All of these leaders show how they have successfully applied the key elements of physical health in their lives so they can inspire others. By developing themselves and mastering the six dimensions, readers will be able to tap into their inner leader and guide their organizations through any challenge. They’ll lead confidently, effectively, and humanely.

 

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