The Inner-Work of Leadership

My new book, The Inner-Work of Leadership, is now available at Amazon. Find it by clicking here.

In writing this book, I hope to help readers identify and remove barriers within themselves that interfere with effective leadership and with living a fulfilling life.

If you find the book to be a helpful guide to healthy change, I would be grateful if you post a review of the book at the Amazon page for this book. Positive reviews at Amazon are very important; they influence many book buyers. Your post will help this book reach a broader audience.

I have set up a Facebook group for readers of The Inner-Work of Leadership. Please consider being a founding member of the group. To join, click here. I hope the Facebook group becomes a community for those who have been influenced by the book and related material. I encourage you to invite others to join.

Just posted at the website for the book is the first in a series: “Conversations with Inner-Work Leaders.”

If you would like to share this book with others in your organization, quantity discounts are also available at the book web site. Finally, at the web site you will find instructions on how to receive a free autographed bookplate for your copy of the book.

The book is meeting an enthusiastic reception:

“Immensely powerful! The Inner-Work of Leadership transcends the traditional boundaries between professional and personal improvement. For all books that I read, the ultimate test is do I make any strategic, tactical, or personal changes as a result of reading it? This book hit all three dimensions in a lasting and profound way.” –Gabriel Batstone, Managing Director, CAE Flightscape

“There is profound wisdom on every page of this book.”—Warren Nilsson, PhD, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University

The Inner Work of Leadership provides a clear path and roadmap for the open minded reader to reexamine and re-think their paradigms about leadership. The Inner Work of Leadership is a groundbreaking must read for those currently in leadership positions and for those aspiring to leadership positions.” –Peter Quinn, Senior Vice-President for Corporate Development, Greenhorne & O’Mara, Inc.

“Not just another how-to-book; The Inner-Work of Leadership provides a catalyst that takes the reader on an inward journey of self-discovery and reflection. This is a mind-opening adventure that will benefit readers both in their business and personal lives.”–Frank R. van Vliet, Director of Leadership and Organizational Development, Baltimore Aircoil Company

Here is the complete Table of Contents:

Prologue: Why Inner-Work Is Necessary

  • Breaking Our Chains
  • The Better Way

Chapter 1: Leadership and Beliefs

  • Good to Great
  • Stale Beliefs
  • Seeing Our Beliefs
  • Mindset

Chapter 2: Leading Without Controlling

  • Costly Errors
  • The “Great Man”
  • Is There Order Without Control?
  • Nordstrom’s Simple Rule
  • Bob Nardelli Takes “Control”
  • Ricardo Semler Gives Up Control
  • Looking Past Problems

Chapter 3: From I to We

  • Nucor Steel
  • Just Plain Jim
  • Wholeness Is Not Contrived
  • The Attributes of Wholeness
  • Two Thought Systems
  • Am I Separate?
  • Alone and Frightened
  • Externalizing Our Way to Ineffectiveness
  • Taking Responsibility
  • Closing the Separation Gap

Chapter 4: Leading From a False Premise

  • Big Egos, Bad Leaders
  • The Real Alternative
  • Beginning the Inner-Work
  • Real Individuality Comes From Wholeness
  • The Subtraction Solution
  • Finding Our True Self At Work
  • Healing the Cause

Chapter 5: Surrendering to the Leader Within

  • Dropping Our Stories
  • Demoting the Doer
  • Actionless Action
  • No Kernel of Nourishing Corn
  • “It’s All Here Within Your Hearts”

Chapter 6: Leaders Choose Again

  • Becoming a Neutral Observer
  • The Theme That Won’t Stop Playing
  • Catching Our Self-Deception
  • Allow Gratitude to Transform You
  • Choosing Appropriate Diet and Exercise
  • Choosing Happiness

Chapter 7: Values and Principles Show the Way

  • Success Without Integrity
  • Success Beyond Success
  • Living From the Inside Out
  • Just a Few Smashed Parcels
  • Generalizing the Lesson
  • Do You Eat Your Broccoli?
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Principles and Profits

Chapter 8: The Power of Purpose

  • Purpose Is What Anything Is For
  • Add Value to Everyone
  • Purpose Is Everything
  • An Inspired Purpose
  • Coherence around Values and Principles
  • Synchronicity and Purpose
  • Sweet Are the Uses of Adversity
  • You Don’t Have To Be Good
  • Climbing the “48”
  • Deepening Our Purpose

Chapter 9: Engaging Others

  • A Basic Problem
  • You Can’t Disagree at NASA
  • Stump-the-CEO
  • Dialogue and Engagement
  • Preparing for Dialogue
  • The Fear of Being a Doormat
  • Emergent Change

Chapter 10:  Change Happens

  • True Power Comes From Being Nobody
  • It’s Not About You
  • Prevent Defenses
  • Pursue Organizational Intelligence
  • Education at Zappos
  • Educating Others
  • “There Is Nothing Stronger Than Gentleness”
  • The Larger Journey

In the preface of the book, I acknowledge that ongoing dialogue with my readers and my students has been essential in its writing. Thank you for your wisdom and for every question, every challenge, and every opportunity you gave to me to express ideas that I believe respond to our universal need to find ourselves as we join with others. If The Inner-Work of Leadership touches the lives of others, you will have helped make that possible.

To order at Amazon, simply click here.

Best regards,

Barry Brownstein


2 Responses to The Inner-Work of Leadership

  1. Eric Auld says:

    Barry, I enjoyed seeing your site for the first time. I too am a student of Hayek who has turned to inner work and psychology (sorry if this is not an apt description of you). Do you have an email address? I’m still in the second year of my undergrad and I might appreciate some career advice. Are you game? Thx

  2. Eric,

    My email is found by clicking “about” on the nav bar. I will look forward to hearing from you.

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