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Mindful Leadership For Dummies



Mindful Leadership For Dummies

Juliet Adams

ISBN: 978-1-119-06880-8 June 2016 336 Pages

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The easy way to become a more mindful leader

Want to become a more mindful leader? With Mindful Leadership For Dummies, you'll find accessible and authoritative guidance for cultivating focus, clarity, and creativity from within your colleagues. Packed full of useful tips, this friendly how-to guide will help you incorporate mindfulness in your leadership style to manage and reap the benefits of a more attentive working life—all while nurturing compassion in the service of others. You'll discover how mindfulness can help improve decision-making and communication skills, manage modern workday challenges, and so much more.

Mindful leadership is currently a high-trending topic in the self-help/business world, making headlines in such prominent publications as Forbes, Time magazine and The Guardian, and even earning a dedicated blog on Huffington Post. And all for good reason—the benefits of practicing mindfulness in the workplace are far-reaching, and as we begin to uncover more research that supports its effectiveness, it's no wonder business leaders are jumping aboard this positive bandwagon.

  • Includes tips on incorporating mindfulness into your leadership style
  • Shows you how mindfulness can help develop and deepen your leadership qualities
  • Explains how mindfulness enhances productivity and minimizes the effects of stress in the workplace
  • Outlines how adding mindfulness to your leadership approach will enable you to make positive choices that support your well-being

If you're a businessperson looking to add mindfulness to your leadership tool belt, Mindful Leadership For Dummies has everything you need to get started today.

Introduction 1

Part 1: Breaking the Mould 5

CHAPTER 1: Exploring Mindful Leadership 7

CHAPTER 2: Discovering Why Mindfulness Matters to Leaders 17

CHAPTER 3: Harnessing the Neuroscience of Mindful Leadership 31

Part 2: Learning from Mindful Leaders 45

CHAPTER 4: Case Study 1: Andrew Stone, Baron Stone of Blackheath 47

CHAPTER 5: Case Study 2: Tim Neild, Royal Navy Commander 57

CHAPTER 6: Case Study 3: Marion Furr, Director of MBPA 65

Part 3: Developing Mindfulness 73

CHAPTER 7: Setting the Stage for Transformation 75

CHAPTER 8: Week 1: Focusing Your Attention 83

CHAPTER 9: Week 2: Observing the Mind-Body Connection 101

CHAPTER 10: Week 3: Minding the Gap 121

CHAPTER 11: Week 4: Recognising That Thoughts Are Not Facts 143

CHAPTER 12: Week 5: Turning Towards Difficulties 163

CHAPTER 13: Week 6: Developing Intention 177

Part 4: Applying Mindful Leadership 195

CHAPTER 14: Enhancing Your Personal Presence and Influence 197

CHAPTER 15: Leading in a Digital Age 209

CHAPTER 16: Leading in Times of Change 221

Part 5: Becoming a Mindful Organisation 235

CHAPTER 17: Introducing Mindfulness to Your Organisation 237

CHAPTER 18: Integrating Mindfulness into Everyday Work Practices 251

Part 6: The Part of Tens 267

CHAPTER 19: Ten Mindful Ways to Make Better Decisions 269

CHAPTER 20: Ten Mindful Ways to Reduce the Risk of Burnout 279

CHAPTER 21: Ten Ways to Improve Your Attention with Mindfulness 289

CHAPTER 22: (More Than) Ten Sources of Info on Mindful Leadership 301

Index 311