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The Joy of Leadership: How Positive Psychology Can Maximize Your Impact (and Make You Happier) in a Challenging World
Tal Ben-Shahar, PhD and Angus Ridgway
Wiley / Hardcover / Aug 2017
9781119313007 (ISBN-10: 1119313007)
Leadership / Positive Psychology - Self Help
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240 pages
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The difference between flourishing and floundering is 10X. The difference between quantity and quality is a factor of 10. The difference in levels of engagement is exponential. People functioning at the highest level are what the authors call 10x leaders. Research on these leaders consistently brought up five major strengths. This book teaches readers to become a 10x leader using these five key areas, the SHARP framework.

• Strengths: 10X leaders stop trying to eliminate weaknesses and learn to focus on their strengths

• Health: 10X leaders stop trying to eliminate stress and learn how to integrate periods of restoration

• Absorption: 10X leaders stop waiting for the lightning of focus and creativity to strike and learn how to achieve consistent engagement and presence

• Relationships: 10X leaders stop trying to exert power and control and learn to cultivate healthy relationships through positivity and authenticity

• Purpose: 10X leaders stop grinding out tasks and learn how to find meaning and commitment in everything they do

The 10X elixir of peak performance comes not from focusing on just one of these areas, but from learning to light the fire of all five aspects of SHARP and functioning naturally with them on a daily basis. If you just cultivate one or two aspects of leadership skills you are unlikely to succeed. If one of the five isn’t taken care of it affects the performance of the whole. But if you focus on all five areas, you will not only be more likely to find what helps you most, you have the best chance of enjoying the synergy of performance multiplication.



1. The 10X Effect

2. Giving Way to the New

The Boundaryless 21st-Century Work Environment

3. Myths of Happiness and Leadership: Making the Case for SHARP

What it Means—and Doesn’t Mean—to be Successful and Fulfilled


4. Strengths

Making the Most of Your Gifts

5. Health

Injecting Energy into Life and Work

6. Absorption

Revealing the Extraordinary in the Ordinary through Mindful Engagement

7. Relationships

Forming Authentic and Positive Bonds

8. Purpose

Meaning and Commitment: the Path to Joyful Leadership

9. The Balanced Approach: SHARP and Cascading Success


10. Obstacles—and Pathways—to Lasting Behavioral Change

Neuroplasticity and the Possibility of Joyful Transformation

11. Creating New, Durable Pathways

Tools and Tactics for Making SHARP Changes

12. Finale: The 10X Effect Revisited

Becoming “The Sum Total of Who You Are”

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