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8 Overall

9 Applicability

7 Innovation

7 Style


Consultants Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter believe organizations need a different leadership approach. They offer a simple, innovative solution: Put your employees first – above investors and even customers. They recommend that leaders develop and practice “mindfulness, selflessness and compassion” (MSC). Leaders with these character traits do a more effective, efficient and humane job of helping employees find meaning and purpose in their work. They create belonging – the essential ingredient for fulfillment and happiness. People who find meaning in their jobs work harder and perform better. This makes firms’ investments in MSC leaders a win-win. Hougaard and Carter repeat their core messages, often word-for-word, throughout. Nevertheless, leaders at all levels will benefit from this solid, well-referenced recipe for inspired leadership.

About the Authors

Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter help organizations drive greater employee performance through mindfulness training and techniques.


New Leaders for a New World

Consultants Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter  assert that authoritarian management, perks and bonuses will not motivate people for long. They believe only fulfillment at work nourishes sustainable engagement. Leaders who deliver satisfaction at that level make employees happy. And only happy employees, these experts believe, relish their work and the contributions they make. “Intrinsic motivation” drives their performance.

However, as leaders gain power, they tend to grow more arrogant and to listen less. Even though organizations spend billions each year on developing leaders, 82% of employees find their bosses uninspiring. Hougaard and Carter advise leaders to look inward and reexamine how their minds work. To be worthy and inspirational, they say, leader must develop three “mental qualities”:“mindfulness (M), selflessness (S) and compassion (C)” – or MSC. Then they can truly inspire their employees. 

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