Rasmus Hougaard

The Mind of the Leader: Enhancing Leadership Performance with Mindfulness

Rasmus Hougaard is the Founder and Managing Director of Potential Project, a global leadership training, organizational development and research firm.  They help leaders and organizations enhance performance, innovation and resilience through mindfulness and other practices grounded in neuroscience and research. They partner with forward thinking companies like Cisco, LEGO, Accenture, Microsoft and 500+ other global clients helping create people-centric cultures and truly human leadership.

Rasmus is recognized by the Thinkers50 as one of the most important emerging business thinkers in the world and writes for Harvard Business Review, Forbes and Business Insider. Rasmus has led more than 1,500 keynotes and workshops and is recognized as the leading global authority on training the mind to be focused, effective and clear for great leadership, performance, innovation and resilience. He lectures at the world’s leading business and executive education schools like IESE and IMD.

Rasmus’ most recent book The Mind of the Leader, published by Harvard Business Review, is based on research on 35,000 leaders and executives and provides a pathway to great leadership in the 21st century. It is the most pre-ordered book HBR has ever published.

His first book One Second Ahead – Enhancing Your Performance at Work with Mindfulness, is a performance bible in organizations like Accenture, LEGO and many more.

Rasmus has a background in organizational development and research as well as a leadership career in Sony Corporation. He lives in Copenhagen and New York with his wife and three teenagers.

He is a sought-after keynote speaker and leadership developer within corporations and have spoken to employees, leaders and executives at Microsoft, McKinsey, American Express, LEGO, Google, World Bank, the International Leadership & Business Conference,  the Mindful Leadership Summit, the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation,WorkHuman Conference and the HR Director Summit,  plus hundreds of other organizations.

He is also a frequent speaker at the premium business, leadership and HR conferences like WorkHuman, HRD Summit, Mindful Leadership Summit, Wisdom 2.0 and numerous others.

His article, written with business partner Jacqueline Carter, on how to practice mindfulness at work, was published in HBR.

His speaking programs include:

The Mind of a Leader

Mindfulness, selflessness and compassion are key leadership qualities to create high performing, people-centered organizations. This is the conclusion of research conducted with more 35,000 global leaders from companies like Microsoft, Google, Accenture, Lego, Cisco and others. Mindful leadership and the core quality of compassionate leadership is rising in the research literature- identified as an increasing topic of interest with a tangible need to demonstrate leadership potential through these virtues.

Potential Project in collaboration of Harvard Business Press have conducted one of the largest international research projects to find the most important mental qualities for 21st century leadership, with an aim to create more people-centered organizational cultures that drive business success. He will share the findings of this research, along with stories from interviews with more than 200 global executives and CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.

Getting One Second Ahead – Enhancing Leadership Performance with Mindfulness

It’s not easy being a leader in today’s fast-paced, complex, dynamic work environments. Leaders need to maintain calm in the midst of daily storms. They need to remain focused in the face of a million distractions. They need to have clarity of mind to ensure they are helping themselves and their people do the right things as opposed to just doing lots of things.

In this session, we will share stories and experiences from around the globe on how and why companies are incorporating mindfulness training as a foundational tool to support leadership performance and development.

The session will include case studies from work with leading companies including Sony, EY, Accenture and more. It will also include practical tools and techniques that participants can use and integrate into their leadership development activities to get the “One Second Ahead” advantage enabling leaders to respond as apposed the react in the face of daily busyness.

From this session, participants will get practical, tactical, information on how they can help themselves and their teams enhance effectiveness and productivity through training the mind.