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Mindful Leadership
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Mindful Leadership
A Brain-Based Framework

Second Edition


October 2008 | 272 pages | Corwin

Leadership Solutions

"Carefully researched and updated, yet filled with practical and immediately usable strategies, this is a must-read book for anyone seeking to understand and influence human behavior."
—Pat Wolfe, Educational Consultant

"The most important book I have ever had the pleasure of learning from and using. It gives leaders what they need to effectively meet the learning needs of individuals and positively affect organizational adaptability and capacity."
—Delise Neely, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership
Cardinal Stritch University

Unleash the power of the leadership-brain connection!

This updated edition of the groundbreaking book Connecting Leadership to the Brain provides school leaders with a visionary framework for understanding how mindful leadership significantly impacts growth and achievement in educational communities.

Offering an approach compatible with the ways individuals naturally process information and learn, this resource links knowledge about the physiological, social, emotional, constructive, reflective, and dispositional nature of the brain to compatible leadership practice. Leaders will find specific examples and reflection exercises focused on how to:

  • Support the mind-body connection
  • Promote social relationships
  • Harness the power of emotion
  • Expedite the construction of knowledge
  • Build a culture of reflection
  • Cultivate productive dispositions

Mindful Leadership is an essential companion for helping readers become mindful leaders who consciously attend to the nature of intelligence in the process of influencing the achievement of goals.


 
Preface to the Second Edition: A Refined Framework
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction: Tightening the Connection
Perception of Connection

 
How the Book Unfolds

 
Your Role

 
 
Part 1. Breaking Through
 
1. A Louis Moment
Louis's Moment

 
Breakthrough Happens

 
Shift Follows

 
A Mindful Moment

 
Summary Observations

 
Reader Reflection

 
 
2. A New Sense of Nature
What's a Brain For?

 
An Intriguing Matter

 
A Definition in Progress

 
A Revealing Moment

 
Summary Observations

 
Reader Reflection

 
 
3. A New Sense of Leadership
Of Assumed Value

 
Familiar But Elusive

 
Basic in Nature

 
Influenced by Context

 
Theorized in Context

 
Primed to Evolve

 
Summary Observations

 
Reader Reflection

 
 
4. A Mindful Framework
The Mindful Connection

 
The Meaning of Mindful

 
The Means to be Mindful

 
Attention to Information

 
Articulation of Perception

 
Application to Practice

 
Adjustment From Experience

 
Summary Observations

 
Reader Reflection

 
 
Part 2. Minding Revelation
 
5. Physiological Nature
The Physiological Base

 
The Gist of It

 
Essence

 
Implications

 
Reader Reflection

 
 
6. Social Nature
Getting to Know You and Me and We

 
The Gist of It

 
Essence

 
Implications

 
Reader Reflection

 
 
7. Emotional Nature
This Emotional Life

 
The Gist of It

 
Essence

 
Implications

 
Reader Reflection

 
 
8. Constructive Nature
Genius

 
The Gist of It

 
Essence

 
Implications

 
Reader Reflection

 
 
9. Reflective Nature
Imagine

 
The Gist of It

 
Essence

 
Implications

 
Reader Reflection

 
 
10. Dispositional Nature
Disposition Fair and Foul

 
The Gist of It

 
Essence

 
Implications

 
Reader Reflection

 
 
Part 3. Following Through
 
11. Mindful Leadership
The Mindful Leader

 
Mindful Purpose

 
Mindful Attention

 
Mindful Articulation

 
Mindful Application

 
Mindful Adjustment

 
Mindful Conclusions

 
Summary Observations

 
Reader Reflection

 
 
12. Mindful Shift
Confronting the Box

 
Pushing Perception

 
Stepping Out

 
Summary Observations

 
Reader Reflection

 
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index

"This is simply the most important book I have ever had the pleasure of learning from and using in my practice. It informs leaders about what they need to know to effectively attend to the learning needs of individuals, thereby allowing them to positively affect organizational adaptability and capacity.”

Delise Neely, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership
Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, WI

“The framework helps the 'leader-reader' understand the connections between leadership and the workings of the brain.”

Guylene Robertson, Assistant Superintendent
Cleveland ISD, Conroe, TX

"While there is necessary technical information, the authors make it as understandable as possible and provide clear examples at just the right time. They also provide just the right amount of humor to keep the book very readable.”

Jeffrey Loftus, History Teacher and Department Chair
Cedar Park Middle School, Portland, OR

“Carefully researched and updated, yet filled with practical and immediately usable strategies, this is a must-read book for anyone seeking to understand and influence human behavior.”

Pat Wolfe, Educational Consultant

The theme of my course in the spring 2012 on Leadership and Ethics will draw from Langer's (1989) notion of "Mindfulness" and this text fits perfectly. Thanks.

Dr Carlos Figueroa
Government, University of Texas - Brownsville
November 23, 2011
Key features
  • Examines the implications of breakthroughs in knowledge about brain-enabled intelligence for forming deeper understanding of human nature and leadership
  • Presents comprehensive definitions and descriptions of six aspects of intelligence
  • Offers specific examples of how to connect cutting-edge brain research to leadership practice
  • Provides exercises for proactive reflection

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 1. A Louise Moment


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