The Mind of the Leader

About 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.

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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.

Praise for “The Mind of the Leader”

  • “The Mind of the Leader has captured the essentials of leadership in the 21st century: being mindful, selfless and compassionate. With these, we are better able to engage our people and we bring more value to our clients.”

Dominic Barton, Managing Director, McKinsey & Company


  • “A forward and practical guide for companies wanting to evolve their leadership capabilities to engage both the minds and hearts of today’s workforce.”

Kathleen Hogan, Chief People Officer, Microsoft


  • “How leaders communicate, engage, and show up to their teams has never been more important. Creating a world class team and environment where people can do their best work is the #1 job of a leader, and more than ever leaders are being asked to elevate team performance through innovative leadership. The Mind of the Leader shares important insights and perspectives and lays a path on how you make this happen.”

Francine Katsoudas, SVP and Chief People Officer, Cisco


  • “The Mind of the Leader goes beyond the hyperbole associated with mindfulness today and provides real world examples from leading executives that can not only provide inspiration to the reader but outline a path towards the cultivation of such critical leadership qualities such as selflessness and compassion. Creating the context for others to find meaning, purpose and a sense of connectedness become the hallmarks of a productive and engaged organization.”

Loren I. Shuster, Chief People Officer, The LEGO Group


  • “In The Mind of the Leader, Hougaard and Carter draw on years of research to show that the traditional, top-down style of leadership doesn’t work anymore. The successful leaders of the future will be human-centered, focused as much on growth and the bottom line as on creating a flourishing and sustainable culture. This book is a manual of success for leaders in any industry.”

Arianna Huffington, Founder and CEO, Thrive Global

About the Authors

Rasmus Hougaard 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 have 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.

Jacqueline Carter 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”. She 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.

Join a Global Leadership Network

The Mind of the Leader is a movement. It is a call for truly human leadership and people centered organizations. Leaders all over the world and from all industries are part of the movement. The authors of the book are establishing a non-commercial global network of leaders that want to be part of the movement. The network will be launched in March 2018 and will be free of charge. It will offer free webinars, training retreats, sharing of research and data and network opportunities with likeminded leaders – locally and globally. If you are a leader with people leadership responsibility, you can apply to become a member here.

Watch a 45 minutes keynote about “The Mind of the Leader” by Rasmus Hougaard at WorkHuman 2017

Watch Rasmus giving tips about mindfulness at Accenture Veterans Day 2016

Read Rasmus Hougaard & Jacqueline Carters’s Harvard Business Review articles

The Mind of the Leader Webinar

Join a 55-minute free webinar to learn about the key qualities for being a great leader in the 21st century (pre-registration required).

REGISTER – Tuesday, Feb. 27th at 9:00 AM (CET) / 3:00 AM (EST)

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Book Launch Events

The Mind of the Leader book will be officially launched across the world in many capitals and cities. If you would like to join one of these inspiring events, please watch this space for the registration links.

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