Center for the Advancement of Well-Being
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Join The Mind of the Leader Book Launch

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Learn about surprising research on 21st century leadership and meet the authors of the new book The Mind of the Leader: How to Lead Yourself, Your People, and Your Organization for Extraordinary Results at the official book launch Tuesday, March 20, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Founders Hall on Mason’s Arlington campus. Our center is hosting the book launch in partnership with the publisher, Harvard Business Review Press.

The event will start with a networking session and then feature a presentation from authors Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter, as well as a discussion of the book’s groundbreaking research. Tickets are $35 each. Come join us and invite your colleagues! Register here.

Based on extensive research of more than 35,000 leaders and interviews with 250 C-level executives, The Mind of the Leader concludes that organizations and leaders aren’t meeting employees’ basic human needs of finding meaning, purpose, connection, and genuine happiness in their work.

The book reveals that 77 percent of leaders think they do a good job of engaging their people, yet 88 percent of employees say their leaders do a bad job with engagement. This is an enormous waste of human talent – despite the fact that $46 billion is spent each year on leadership development. But more than a description of the problem, The Mind of the Leader offers a radical yet practical solution.

To solve the leadership crisis, organizations need to put people at the center of their strategy. They need to develop managers and executives who lead with three core mental qualities: mindfulness, selflessness, and compassion. Using real-world inspirational examples from Marriott, Accenture, McKinsey & Company, LinkedIn, and many more, The Mind of the Leader shows how this new kind of leadership turns conventional leadership thinking upside down.

The authors have extensive leadership experience. 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. He has practiced and taught mindfulness for more than two decades. Carter is an International Partner and North American Director for Potential Project. She has more than 20 years of experience working with organizations around the globe to enhance effectiveness and improve performance. 

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