One of my favorite questions that I ask when I’m working with organizations is,
“What are the qualities of a great leader?” The top qualities are integrity, reliability, openness, courage, great communication, and having an aspirational vision for the organization’s future.

We’ll use these qualities to frame the lessons from the eight leaders we feature in this book that, when applied, can be transformational for an organization that adopts it and prepares the members of the organization for change. The only true preparation is continuous learning. Great leaders have a perpetual state of curiosity—Great leaders are curious about how things work.

One of the unspoken and persistent qualities of those included in this book is that they have different beliefs. They don’t accept what others have offered as the only way. They are explorers of the world and their own consciousness. They all are committed to awakening anyone who listens to a world beyond the limitations of our existing thinking.

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Lance Secretan | Linkedin Profile

Dr. Lance Secretan is the world’s top authority on inspirational leadership, a trailblazing teacher, advisor, and expert on corporate culture, whose bestselling books, inspirational talks, and life-changing retreats have touched the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. He is the former CEO of a Fortune 100 company, university professor, award-winning columnist, poet, author, and outdoor athlete.

He wrote twenty-one books about leadership, inspiration, corporate culture, and entrepreneurship, as well as an award-winning memoir, A Love Story. He is ranked among both “The Top 30 Most Influential Executive Coaches” and “The Top 30 Most Influential Leadership Experts” globally and guides leadership teams to transform their culture into the most inspirational in their industries.
Individuals, entire organizations, cities, and states have experienced remarkable transformations through his unique mentoring, wisdom, and approach.

He has helped six companies to be named to Fortune’s “Best Companies to Work for in America” list, and eight others are also his clients,and thirty Secretan Center clients are on Fortune’s “Most Admired Companies” list. Speakers in America ranks him among the Top Five Leadership speakers, and his firm, The Secretan Center, Inc., is ranked number one in the world as an international leadership consulting firm by Leadership Excellence.

Raj Sisodia | Linkedin Profile

Raj Sisodia is the F.W. Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business and Whole Foods Market Research Scholar in Conscious Capitalism at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. He is also a co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of Conscious Capitalism, Inc.

Raj has written eleven books and over 100 academic articles and is the coauthor of Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business. His book, Firms of Endearment: How World Class Companies Profit from Passion and Purpose, is considered a foundational work in explaining the precepts and performance implications of pursuing a conscious approach to business.
Raj was named one of the “Ten Outstanding Trailblazers of 2010” by Good Business International and one of the “Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior” by Trust Across America for 2010 and 2011. In 2013 and 2015, Raj was named to the Thinkers 50 list of business and management thinkers from India.

Raj serves on the board of directors of The Container Store and previously served on the board of directors of Mastek Ltd. He is a trustee of Conscious Capitalism Inc.

Margaret Heffernan | Linkedin Profile

Dr. Margaret Heffernan is lead faculty for the Forward Institute’s Responsible Leadership Program and through Merryck & Co., mentors CEOs and senior executives of major global organizations.

She produced programs for the BBC for thirteen years and moved to the US, where she spearheaded multimedia productions for Intuit, The Learning Company, and Standard & Poors. She was chief executive of InfoMation Corporation, ZineZone Corporation, and then iCast Corporation.

She has been named one of the “Top 25” by Streaming Media magazine and one of the “Top 100 Media Executives” by The Hollywood Reporter.

Margaret is the author of five books, and her third book, Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril, was named one of the most important business books of the decade by the Financial Times. In 2015, she was awarded the Transmission Prize for A Bigger Prize: Why Competition Isn’t Everything and How We Do Better.

Her TED talks have been seen by over nine million people, and in 2015, TED published Beyond Measure: The Big Impact of Small Changes. She holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Bath and writes for the Financial Times and the Huffington Post.


Richard Heckler | Linkedin Profile

Richard Strozzi-Heckler, PhD, MCC, is an internationally known authority on leadership and mastery. He is a best-selling author and consultant to many of the top corporations in North and South America. His wisdom into leadership has been inspired by his thirty years in business process, linguistics, psychology, biology, aikido, and philosophy. He is known for pioneering the pragmatic application of skillful action to language and purpose in such diverse fields as finance, technology, military, marketing, health, and manufacturing.

Dr. Strozzi-Heckler is a cofounder of Strozzi Institute, Tamalpais Aikido Dojo, and Lomi School, and founder of Two Rock Aikido Dojo. He has taught at the University of Chicago, Sonoma State University, Lone Mountain College, Naropa Institute, and University of Munich. He holds a seventh-degree black belt in aikido, as well as ranks in judo, jujitsu, and capoeira. He has been named one of “The Top 50 Executive Coaches in the Country,” listed in The Art and Practice of Leadership Coaching.

Dr. Strozzi-Heckler is the author of the nationally acclaimed In Search of the Warrior Spirit (chronicling his training of the Green Berets) and has been published in numerous major publications. He is also the editor for the newly released Being Human at Work: Bringing Somatic Intelligence into Your Professional Life.

Paul Lawrence

Paul R. Lawrence, a renowned sociologist and a pivotal figure in the intellectual history of Harvard Business School, was one of the world’s most influential and prolific scholars in the field of organizational behavior.

He was the Business School’s Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Organizational Behavior Emeritus. His research was published in twenty-six books and in numerous articles and dealt with the human aspects of management.

Paul Lawrence was an extraordinary person in all facets of his life,” said the Harvard Business School dean, Nitin Nohria. “He was a world-renowned scholar who throughout his long career reshaped our understanding of the human side of organizations.’’ His first book, Organization and Environment: Managing Differentiation and Integration, was named the best management book of 1967 by the Academy of Management and cited 2,000 times in professional journals. His later works included 2002’s Driven: How Human Nature Shapes Our Choices, written with Nohria.

He published his final book, Driven to Lead: Good, Bad, and Misguided Leadership in 2010.

David Horsager | Linkedin Profile

David Horsager, MA, CSP, CPAE, is the CEO of Trust Edge Leadership Institute, national bestselling author of The Trust Edge, inventor of the Enterprise Trust Index™, and director of one of the nation’s foremost trust studies: The Trust Outlook™.

His work has been featured in prominent publications, such as Fast Company, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal. David has advised leaders and delivered lifechanging presentations on six continents, with audiences ranging everywhere from FedEx, Toyota, and global governments to the New York Yankees and the Department of Homeland Security.

David and his team at Trust Edge Leadership Institute make it their mission to develop trusted leaders and organizations through inspiring keynotes presentations, executive workshops, benchmarking tools, and annual research.
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Janine Benyus | Linkedin Profile

Janine Benyus is a cofounder of Biomimicry 3.8, a B-Corp social enterprise providing biomimicry consulting services. She is a biologist, innovation consultant, and author of six books, including Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. Since that book’s 1997 release, Janine’s work as a global thought leader has evolved the practice of biomimicry from a meme to a movement, inspiring clients and innovators around the world to learn from the genius of nature.

In 2006, Janine cofounded The Biomimicry Institute, a nonprofit institute that was created to embed biomimicry in formal education and in informal spaces such as museums and nature centers. Over eleven thousand members are now part of the Biomimicry Global Network and they practice, teach, and spread biomimicry.

In 2008, the Institute launched, an award-winning bio-inspiration site for inventors. Janine has received numerous awards, including the 2016 Feinstone Environmental Award, the Rachel Carson Environmental Ethics Award, the Lud Browman Award for Science Writing in Society, and the Barrows and Heinz Distinguished Lectureships. In 2012, she received the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Mind Award, given in recognition of a visionary who has had a profound impact on design theory, practice, or public awareness

Leo Babauta | Linkedin Profile

Leo Babauta is a simplicity blogger and author. He created Zen Habits, a Top 25 blog with a million readers. He’s also a best-selling author, a husband, father of six children, and a vegan. In 2010, he moved from Guam to San Francisco, where he leads a simple life.

He started Zen Habits to chronicle and share what he’s learned while changing a number of habits, including:

  • Quit smoking (on Nov. 18, 2005).
  • Ran several marathons and a 50-mile ultramarathon.
  • Became organized and productive.
  • Began eating healthier as a vegan.
  • Eliminated his debt.
  • Lost weight (about 70 pounds).
  • Wrote several best-selling books and ebooks.
  • Started a successful blog on simplicity.
  • Created a leading blog on minimalism.

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