What enables some talented people to rise to the top and live their full ambitions at work and in life, while others stop short?
2007, Joanna Barsh led a team at McKinsey & Company to answer that
very question. In the process, they uncovered what distinguishes leaders
who are successful from those who achieve true greatness, developing an
approach called Centered Leadership. They drew on research from across
the academic fields of leadership, organization behavior, neuroscience,
evolutionary psychology and positive psychology. In addition, Barsh
interviewed over 160 leaders from many fields—including business,
government, and the arts—and from many countries. With quantitative
research, the team learned that these leaders have mastered practices to
find their balance in the midst of chaos and lead from their most
resourceful selves, unleashing the potential of others. In 2009, Johanne
Lavoie joined to lead development of programs that help executives
build these capabilities. Their research and development work continues
as more and more leaders experience Centered Leadership.
In the business bestseller, How Remarkable Women Lead,
Barsh described Centered Leadership’s five capabilities and the
research that underpins it. Here, with colleague Johanne Lavoie, Barsh
provides a practical, actionable field guide for implementation.
In Centered Leadership,
Barsh and Lavoie will guide you through the Centered Leadership
program. You’ll find the interactive tools, exercises, and practices
that have helped the men and women participants in Centered Leadership
programs gain the skills, courage, and confidence to lead. And along
the way, you’ll read inspiring stories of remarkable men and women
leaders who demonstrate the power of these skills in action.
Those early in their careers will learn how to use these skills
to explore their passions and accelerate their professional development.
Those forming families will be able to use them to reconcile manage
work and life to get the most out of both. And those who have already
achieved success will be able use these practices to reach their next
No matter what stage you are currently at
in your career, or what level of leadership you aspire to, this book
will equip you with the tools to unlock your own Centered Leader and
achieve more positive impact at work and outside it. Download and start listening now!