Creating Mindful Leaders

Book description

Unleash your inner mindful leader

Mindfulness, emotional intelligence and resilience are the “must have skills” for modern leaders—yet many professionals are too stressed to know where to start. Creating Mindful Leaders provides deep insights and easy practices based in neuroscience, brain training and positive psychology to help professionals thrive in the “age of disruption.”

Written by a global COO turned successful tech entrepreneur, the book provides a roadmap to greater health, happiness and performance. It speaks to every professional wanting to reduce stress, achieve greater success and enjoy life more.  

  • Offers immediately actionable techniques for professionals at all skill levels
  • Provides relatable, real-world advice
  • Helps build resilience while changing your relationship to stress
  • Shares a roadmap for sustainable performance in the face of ongoing change

Creating Mindful Leaders provides an informed, humorous and expert peak into the sources of stress caused by the modern pace of living and offers practical, actionable tools and techniques as the antidote to manage stress, increase resilience, and improve your wellbeing, performance, relationships, sleep and physical health. 

Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Acknowledgments
  4. Foreword
    1. I Wish I had Read this Book Earlier in My Career
    2. Great Leadership is an Enormously Complex Topic
    3. My Leadership Journey
    4. Enter Mindfulness and Meditation
  5. Introduction: Being a Leader Is Amazing. And It Kinda Sucks
    1. How to Use This Book
    2. We Get Better at the Things We Practice Most
    3. Professionals Aren't Looking for Enlightenment
    4. Notes
  6. Part I: FOR YOU
    1. Chapter 1: What Is Mindfulness and Why Should I Care?
      1. I Love My Work and It's Really Hard
      2. What Is Mindfulness, Anyway?
      3. How Does It Work?
      4. Attention Training
      5. Why Is Everyone Talking About Mindfulness?
      6. Mindfulness Is About as Religious as Red Wine
      7. Notes
    2. Chapter 2: What's Stressing People Out?
      1. Welcome to Work
      2. Welcome to Work, Take Two
      3. Are You Sending Mixed Messages?
      4. The Future Is Now
      5. Employees Are Sharing More and Trusting Less
      6. Notes
    3. Chapter 3: The $500 Billion Dollar Slow Leak
      1. Getting Specific About Stress and Culture
      2. Get Clear on Your Own Stress
      3. Notes
    4. Chapter 4: Are You Increasing Your Resilience or Decreasing It?
      1. Military Grade Stress
      2. Education Is Everything
      3. Change Your Mindset. Stress Is Good.
      4. Notes
    5. Chapter 5: What Does “Performance” Mean to You?
      1. Better at What?
      2. “Doing More With Less” Is the Language of Business
      3. Innovation and Productivity Expectations Aren't Going Away
      4. It's All About Helping the Individual
      5. What Benefits Can I Expect as A Leader?
      6. Notes
    6. Chapter 6: You Versus Technology
      1. Notes
    7. Chapter 7: Invest Five Minutes a Day to Save Your Life
      1. Where Can I Trim?
      2. Notes
    8. Chapter 8: It's Not a Religion. It's a Lifestyle.
      1. What's the Right Age to Try Mindfulness?
      2. Stop Trying to Look Good
      3. Leave Room for the Jerks in Your Life
      4. Handling Difficult Conversations
      5. Mindful Eating Practice
      6. Mindful Walking Practice
      7. If Journaling Is for Teenage Girls, Buy Me Some Hairclips
      8. Balance the High Cost of Outsourcing Your Brain to Apps
      9. What Part Do You Play in Office Politics?
      10. Notes
    1. Chapter 9: Reality Check: How Toxic Is Your Work Culture?
      1. Emotional Culture Matters
      2. Stress and the Commanding Leader
      3. Rearranging Deck Chairs
      4. Notes
    2. Chapter 10: Sleepless Nights and the Walking Dead
      1. Why Am I So Damn Good at Insomnia?
      2. Understand Your Sleep Environment
      3. Notes
    3. Chapter 11: Look, A Squirrel! Distraction and the Growing Safety Crisis
      1. Injuries Don't Happen When You Think They Do
      2. The Numbers Add Up
      3. It's All Fun and Games Until Someone Gets Killed
      4. I Don't Need Mindfulness Training, But the Guy Next to Me Sure As Hell Does
      5. Why Tough Guys Like Mindfulness Training
      6. Notes
    4. Chapter 12: Turn Depressing Data Into Healthy Employees
      1. Data Rich But Insight Poor
      2. Employee Wellbeing: Then and Now
      3. Notes
    1. Chapter 13: Building Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Skills for Yourself
      1. Emotional Intelligence Defined
      2. Slipping to the Dark Side
      3. On the Front Lines
      4. Change Your Attention to Change Your Life
      5. Noticing the Wandering Mind
      6. Notes
    2. Chapter 14: Increasing Self‐Awareness
      1. Label Your Emotions
      2. Body Scan
      3. Notes
    3. Chapter 15: Improving Self‐Regulation
      1. Stop, in the Name of Love
      2. Use Music as a Practice
      3. Notes
    4. Chapter 16: Boosting Motivation
      1. Do You Have a Plan?
      2. Notes
    5. Chapter 17: Getting Positive – Don't Call it a Comeback
      1. Develop a Growth Mindset to Increase Resilience
      2. Your Explanatory Style Impacts Your Resilience
      3. Bias and Decision‐Making
      4. Language Matters
      5. Mindset Determines Performance
      6. Positivity Pays Off
      7. Notes
    6. Chapter 18: Building EQ Skills for Others: Sharing a Better You
      1. Empathy
      2. Social Skills
      3. Who Are You? And What Have You Become?
      4. Notes
    7. Chapter 19: Applying EQ Skills at Home (Parenting)
      1. Start Small
      2. Role Model Resilience
      3. Notes
    8. Chapter 20: Do or Die: It's Called Practice For a Reason
      1. Note
  9. Free Whil Resources
  10. About the Author
  11. Index
  12. End User License Agreement

Product information

  • Title: Creating Mindful Leaders
  • Author(s): Joe Burton
  • Release date: April 2018
  • Publisher(s): Wiley
  • ISBN: 9781119484783