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What enables some talented people to rise to the top and live their full ambitions at work and in life, while others stop short?

In 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 leadership horizon. 

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.  

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Quotes & Awards

  • Centered Leadership is a personal and practical roadmap to taking on the challenge of leadership.”

    Sheryle Sandberg, COO of Facebook and author of Lean In

  • “Barsh’s voice is original, authoritative, and above all extraordinarily practical regardless of where we are in our leadership journey. I read this book smiling—it’s a rare personal guide for every generation.”

    Andrea Jung, former chairman and CEO of Avon Products

  • “Many of us in leadership positions tend to think that we instinctively know what it takes to inspire and motivate others. But Centered Leadership opened my eyes to the fact that great leadership is more a science than we realize. Barsh and Lavoie draw on deep research and fieldwork to genuinely help us build our capabilities.”

    Gary E. Knell, president and CEO of National Geographic Society

  • “In Centered Leadership Joanna Barsh has given us a highly effective guide to building the more comprehensive, often deeply human, leadership skills that this complex, fast paced era requires.”

    Luis Ubinas, former CEO of Ford Foundation

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About the Author

Joanna Barsh is director emeritus at McKinsey & Company, where she retired as a senior partner after thirty-plus years. She travels full-time delivering keynotes and seminars to groups in over twenty countries, meeting top leaders in government and business, including Fortune 100 companies such as Ebay, GE, Google, Prudential, and Time Warner. She has been featured by the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, BusinessWeek, and more. She holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School where she was a Baker Scholar.

About the Narrator

Glynnis O’Connor is best known for her roles in the films Ode to Billy Joe and Jeremy, as well as the television series Sons and Daughters. Other acting credits include a recurring role on Law & Order and the made-for-television movies Boy in the Plastic Bubble and The Deliberate Stranger.