Leader Awakened

Leader Awakened : Why accepting adversity drives power and freedom

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The world we live in confronts us with unavoidable, and at times unprecedented, challenges and adversities.

These experiences can - but do not need to - impede your ability to lead. Leader Awakened invites you to accept, embrace and work with difficult or traumatic events and experiences. It gives you the tools to use them as a powerful catalyst for change and enable learning, empowerment, agency and wellbeing.

Learn how to:

Become more acutely aware of the internal, external, personal, professional and organisational factors that affect you as a leaderUnderstand the impact of your life story on your thoughts, behaviour, values and actionsDiscover fresh perspectives and explore new directions to see and do things differentlyEnhance your ability to deal with and navigate uncertainty Accept and face up to adversity and challenge and improve your wellbeing, relationships, agency, performance and sense of fulfillment
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Product details

  • Paperback | 244 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 13.97mm | 235.87g
  • Gorleston, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1781337136
  • 9781781337134

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'Leader Awakened sets out the contrast between achievement and the human challenges faced in its endeavour. A very easy book to read, though paradoxically challenging as you find your mind wandering into self-reflection.'

― Sean Hastings, Chief Executive Officer of B2C Distribution

'Samreen shows why taking the time to build on your strengths (underpinned by life's adversities) unlocks unhealthy patterns. This book has given me a deep and practical psychological vantage point and the inspiration to consider and reflect on how I work and live my life.'

― Morten Nilsson, Chief Executive Officer of BTPSM

'Samreen demonstrates how leadership is not an approach that is architected; it stems from the intrinsic, grounded and core aspects of who I am and why, who I want to be and what this means for how I choose to lead others both professionally and in life.'

― Cilesta Van Doorn, Chief Marketing Officer of Global

'As a second-generation British-Asian woman, I specifically related to Samreen's explanation of her childhood experiences and the impact this has had on her sense of identity. It has provoked me to question how my own identity impacts me at work more generally and as a leader.'

― Naureen Hussain, Director Data Estate of Virgin Media 02

'Both humbling and thought provoking, Leader Awakened enabled me to relate my own personal journey to that of my professional behaviours. Putting theory into practice with Samreen is leading to significantly higher collaboration, trust and understanding in my team.'

― Mike Hallam, Managing Director of Service Express UK and Europe

'Samreen highlights the perils of an increasingly demanding backdrop fuelling stress amongst other consequences for leaders, bringing into clear focus the overlooked connection between body and mind. I am struck by her concept of "refracting" - a discipline - to slow down, to see, feel, think and then actually do something different when navigating these realities.'

― Jagdip Panesar, Global Head of Learning and Leadership Development of Clifford Chance

'A wonderful, thought-provoking resource for anyone looking to lead, form or reshape a senior team. This book brought to life how to put my purpose into perspective, understand the agendas of others, and develop a culture based on trust and positive relationships.'

― Abby Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of Financial Ombudsman

'A courageous approach that uses a powerful, raw and personal narrative alongside client stories to open up a dialogue.'

― Wyn Francis, Chief Investment Officer of BTPSM

'At the heart of this book is the deeply personal story of Samreen and her family. A story that will take you down to the depths, and then lift you up with relief. It's the personal that sets this work apart.'

― Glenda Marchant, Executive Coach (former Publishing Director of Stylist magazine)

'Like a good TED Talk, Samreen's book blends together personal story, practical examples and theoretical observations into a rich and compelling whole: a holistic exploration into the troubling complexities of contemporary leadership; a series of discrete investigations into various components of organisational experience; and an invitation into deep self-reflection about who you were, who you are, and who you want to become.'

― Dr Richard Claydon, Chief Cognitive Officer of EQ Lab
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