This is a book about the highest levels of presence and peak performance leadership, and the cultures that ensue from them, in which well-being, results and contribution to the world are naturally interwoven.
It is above all a call to break from the chronically imbalanced ways of thinking and functioning that have become the norm in so many corporate cultures, where doing eclipses being, and hyper-rational, analytical thinking relegates feeling, sensing, intuiting and the transpersonal to the outer fringes of life.
I believe that the failure to correct this imbalance is severely detrimental not only to individual and organizational performance, but to our capacity for creating healthy, thriving futures. In the book I outline a theoretical and practical path to a new paradigm of leadership. It is a path of restoration, through which we reintegrate previously exiled aspects of our nature: physical, emotional and transpersonal. On this pathway, the brilliance and sophistication of the thinking self takes its rightful place alongside the sensing and feeling selves, together creating a much larger, more holistic intelligence.
To face the scope and threats of 21st-century challenges, today’s leaders must possess potent powers for logic, reason, discernment and strategic forecasting. Yet, they must also be empathic and therefore embodied; grounded and therefore intuitive. They must be skilled in mindfulness and deep listening; present and receptive to higher levels of insight and innovation; able to inspire authentic engagement and collaboration; and possess a clear and wholehearted sense of service, mission and purpose.
“In my decades developing executives at top business schools, Nicholas Janni’s work has consistently been the most transformational I have witnessed. He is the linchpin of every program I direct. Now, he has extended his profound work on leadership presence to encompass the role of “the leader as healer,” by which he means a leader equipped to bridge the emotional and the rational and committed to restoring needed balance and achieving sustainability in organizations and societies. Given the existential challenges we face, there is no book that is more important and timely than “Leader as Healer.” Michael Watkins, author ‘The First 90 Days’ Professor of Leadership, IMD Business School
"Nicholas Janni’s book will transform the way leaders lead for decades to come. At this heart-breaking time of global seismic shifts, Janni is asking leaders to heal themselves - not for personal advancement or gain, but because it is the only route to healing this broken world. It’s a beautiful, touching, insight-invoking read that will move head, heart, and spirit. The world needs every leader to read this book and heed his words.” Michelle McMurry-Heath, President and CEO, Biotech Innovation Organization
“This remarkable book faces and answers the challenge facing leaders worldwide today, namely, how to balance left brain linear thinking with the extraordinary capacity of the right brain to see the whole picture, and more. The skills of deep listening, empathy, inclusivity and compassion are now recognised and used by those making the wisest decisions in politics, the military, economics, law and justice, as well as in business. These are the skills required if humanity is to survive, and this book tells you how to access them.” Dr Scilla Elworthy, three times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, founder of the Oxford Research Group, Peace Direct and the Business Plan for Peace.
“This is a most important book for our times. It is far more than other books about how to lead more effectively in the exhaustive complexity of these unparalleled times. For while directly speaking to that, it provides a very complete and precise map of the inner work required of leaders if we are to rise to the occasion of our times. Nicholas compellingly charts the breadth and depth of the terrain we must travel. Read this book. It is a must. Then, get about the business of living into every aspect of it. Your organization requires it and our future depends on it. Not to mention that your wellbeing will be greatly enhanced by it.” Bob Anderson, Founder, The Leadership Circle, Co-Author, ‘Mastering Leadership’ and ‘Scaling Leadership’