The Mind of the Leader

The Mind
of the Leader

“The Mind of the Leader”, published by Harvard Business Review Press, is the result of a two-year study into understanding how leaders lead themselves, their people and their organizations for extraordinary results.


the Book

A major global movement is taking place to make corporations more people centric as a way of achieving great results

The world is facing a global leadership crisis. 77% of leaders think they do a good job of engaging their people, yet 88% of employees say their leaders do a bad job with engagement. There is also a high level of suffering in the workplace: 65% of employees would forego a pay raise to see their leaders fired.

This is an enormous waste of human talent –despite the fact that $46 billion is spent each year on leadership development.


Praise for
“The Mind of the Leader”

Lead with mindfulness, selflessness,
and Compassion

Based on extensive research, including assessments 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.

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.

With 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. It represents a radical redefinition of what it takes to be an effective leader – and a practical, hard-nosed solution to every organization’s engagement and execution problem.

the Authors


Rasmus is the Founder and Managing Director of Potential Project, the global leader in mindful leadership training. He and his 200 consultants across North America, Europe, Asia and Pacific have trained leaders in Accenture, Microsoft, Google, Cisco, Citrix and hundreds of other companies in becoming more focused and clear minded. He is the author of One Second Ahead – Enhance Your Performance at Work with Mindfulness.
Rasmus is a former researcher and corporate leader, and has practiced and taught mindfulness for 20 years. He has led more than 1,500 workshops and programs and is recognized as the leading international authority on training the mind to be more focused, effective and clear in an organizational context. He lives in New York and Copenhagen.
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Jacqueline is an International Partner and North American Director for Potential Project. She has over 20 years of experience working with organizations around the globe to enhance effectiveness and improve performance. Her clients include Cisco, Accenture, LVMH and the Royal Bank of Canada to name a few. Jacqueline is a coauthor of “One Second Ahead – Enhance Your Performance at Work with Mindfulness”.
Jacqueline is regular contributor to business publications including Harvard Business Review and is a sought-after speaker and facilitator for her thought leadership, knowledge and engaging facilitation skills. She holds a master’s degree in organizational behavior and undergraduate degrees in labor management relations and mathematics. Jacqueline worked with Deloitte consulting for many years in their Change Leadership Practice. She has lived and worked in Canada, the United States, Australia and Singapore.
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"One Second Ahead"

Enhance your performance at work with mindfulness

What if your organization’s culture could be fueled by creativity and productivity? It is possible to train the brain to respond differently to today's constant pressures and distraction.