The best books for mindful leaders

Eric Holsapple Author Of Profit with Presence: The Twelve Pillars of Mindful Leadership
By Eric Holsapple

Who am I?

I experienced early success in the business world, but I found myself feeling empty. This led to a decades-long exploration of mindfulness, meditation, and yoga. Now, I combine my expertise in business and my passion for mindfulness to make a greater impact on individuals and the world at large. By making mindfulness techniques accessible and relevant to professionals and executives, I teach others to transform their affluence and success into positive influence in their organizations and communities. 


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Profit with Presence: The Twelve Pillars of Mindful Leadership

By Eric Holsapple,

Book cover of Profit with Presence: The Twelve Pillars of Mindful Leadership

What is my book about?

In Profit with Presence, Dr. Eric Holsapple, successful developer and entrepreneur, explores the value of mindfulness as both a path to personal growth and a sound business strategy. Mindfulness and Presence can transform business culture, improving focus and communication while reducing distractions and stress. Holsapple learned this lesson years ago, after achieving “success” as defined by society but still feeling unfulfilled.

Holsapple shows that bringing mindfulness to the workplace is an investment that pays out real dividends. Readers will learn from his journey―along with support from other mindful leaders and research―to help them bring mindfulness to themselves as well as their families, businesses, and communities. Now is the time for leaders to invest in the mindful business movement and become part of the solution.

The books I picked & why

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The Happiness Advantage: How a Positive Brain Fuels Success in Work and Life

By Shawn Achor,

Book cover of The Happiness Advantage: How a Positive Brain Fuels Success in Work and Life

Why this book?

Archer’s years as a Harvard professor lend him an effective and authoritative voice, and his message—be happy first—resonates with the philosophies of mindful leadership. His seven principles of positive psychology, from the Tetris Effect to Falling Up, speak to power of our thinking to generate fulfillment and success. He’s precise yet expansive in his examination of how the psychology of happiness impacts our professional lives.

The Happiness Advantage is a simple yet profound book, that allows us to recognize and access those things that make us happy and successful at work. 

The Happiness Advantage: How a Positive Brain Fuels Success in Work and Life

By Shawn Achor,

Why should I read it?

3 authors picked The Happiness Advantage as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Most people want to be successful in life. And of course, everyone wants to be happy. When it comes to the pursuit of success and happiness, most people assume the same formula: if you work hard, you will become successful, and once you become successful, then you'll be happy. The only problem is that a decade of cutting-edge research in the field of positive psychology has proven that this formula is backwards. Success does not beget happiness.

Based on the largest study ever conducted on happiness and human potential (a survey conducted by the author of more than 1,600 students),…


Boundless Leadership: The Breakthrough Method to Realize Your Vision, Empower Others, and Ignite Positive Change

By Joe Loizzo, Elazar Aslan,

Book cover of Boundless Leadership: The Breakthrough Method to Realize Your Vision, Empower Others, and Ignite Positive Change

Why this book?

I recommend this book because of its accessibility and tie to the new age theories of consciousness. This book has the depth to bring value to experts, yet is accessible to anyone who wants to be a better leader. The authors demonstrate that hard work is not enough, recognizing how we’ve been conditioned to survive instead of thrive. They tout the benefits of compassion, empathy, resilience, and authentic engagement and encourage readers to rewire their thinking to manifest real change. This book doesn’t sugarcoat the fact that real change isn’t easy. It requires intention, finding purpose, and practice. But the authors also give you the tools and empowerment to make change a reality.

Boundless Leadership: The Breakthrough Method to Realize Your Vision, Empower Others, and Ignite Positive Change

By Joe Loizzo, Elazar Aslan,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Boundless Leadership as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Gold Nautilus Book Award Winner

Realize your fullest leadership potential, claim your boldest vision, and prioritize the well-being of your team and world with this new science-based approach to leadership.
 
Boundless Leadership provides a complete and systematic roadmap to finding meaning in your work, realizing your full leadership potential, and inspiring your team with resilience, innovation, compassion and confidence. Contemplative psychotherapist Joe Loizzo, MD, PhD, and executive advisor Elazar Aslan, MBA, PCC, offer a new science-based vision of leadership that prescribes disciplines of mind, heart, and body to help leaders cultivate clarity, compassion and fearlessness for themselves and throughout their…


Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happines

By Chade-Meng Tan,

Book cover of Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happines

Why this book?

This book highlights not only theory, but how Google implemented mindfulness via a program with the same name “Search Inside Yourself,” which the author instituted and ran. I was impressed with the depth of the presentation, its simplicity, and the overall theme of mindful business to act as a catalyst to save the world.

The book starts out by emphasizing a focus on breath as access to mindfulness, and that mindfulness is a practice on – and off – the cushion. Tan shows that mindfulness is in sync with running a business and making a profit and can go beyond to make a greater impact on the world. He showcases how emotions can be mastered, empathy is not a weakness, and compassion is possible for the most stoic members of our teams. 

Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happines

By Chade-Meng Tan,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Search Inside Yourself as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

With Search Inside Yourself, Chade-Meng Tan, one of Google’s earliest engineers and personal growth pioneer, offers a proven method for enhancing mindfulness and emotional intelligence in life and work.

Meng’s job is to teach Google’s best and brightest how to apply mindfulness techniques in the office and beyond; now, readers everywhere can get insider access to one of the most sought after classes in the country, a course in health, happiness and creativity that is improving the livelihood and productivity of those responsible for one of the most successful businesses in the world.

With forewords by Daniel Goleman, author of…


Mindful Work: How Meditation Is Changing Business from the Inside Out

By David Gelles,

Book cover of Mindful Work: How Meditation Is Changing Business from the Inside Out

Why this book?

Gelles’s well-researched exploration of the impact of mindfulness stands out on the strength of its real world case studies and data. The book makes a strong case for mindfulness in business, citing how some of the world’s biggest companies have embraced mindfulness and providing the data and documentation to back up its engaging anecdotes. Gelles shows that mindfulness has real benefits to individuals and to the companies they serve, including the bottom line. The book goes on to debunk common misconceptions on mindfulness and its role in the workplace, again supporting its arguments with hard data and documentation.

Mindful Work: How Meditation Is Changing Business from the Inside Out

By David Gelles,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Mindful Work as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

A mindful revolution is reshaping the workplace.

The world's most dynamic businesspeople are using mindfulness to become happier and more fulfilled at work - and more successful. In Mindful Work, New York Times business reporter David Gelles explains how mindful managers are using meditation, yoga and other mindfulness techniques to boost leadership, reduce stress and improve health.

Featuring insights from revitalised employees, high-level managers at global companies and meditation masters, Mindful Work is an inspirational guide to the upsurge in mindfulness among companies as diverse as Google, Facebook and General Mills. Blending timeless insights and modern-day management theory, Gelles explains…


Presence: An Exploration of Profound Change in People, Organizations, and Society

By Peter M. Senge, Otto Scharmer, Joseph Jaworski, Betty Sue Flowers

Book cover of Presence: An Exploration of Profound Change in People, Organizations, and Society

Why this book?

This is a different kind of business book focusing on our way of being in the world, and how living systems continually recreate themselves, and how Presence can lead to deeper levels of learning.

Presence is typically thought of as being fully conscious in the moment, but the book goes further to define presence to include deep listening, being open, and letting go of the old to create an emerging future. The authors offer a deep dive into the individuals that make up organizations and society, demonstrating how Presence acts as a path to profoundly transform people, companies, and communities.

Presence: An Exploration of Profound Change in People, Organizations, and Society

By Peter M. Senge, Otto Scharmer, Joseph Jaworski, Betty Sue Flowers

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Presence as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Presence is an intimate look at the development of a new theory about change and learning. In wide-ranging conversations held over a year and a half, organizational learning pioneers Peter Senge, C. Otto Scharmer, Joseph Jaworski, and Betty Sue Flowers explored the nature of transformational change—how it arises, and the fresh possibilities it offers a world dangerously out of balance. The book introduces the idea of “presence”—a concept borrowed from the natural world that the whole is entirely present in any of its parts—to the worlds of business, education, government, and leadership. Too often, the authors found, we remain stuck…


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