Leading with the Power of Purpose
Why purpose and meaning drive success, by the 'in-house philosopher' at LinkedIn.
'One of the most extraordinary thinkers on leadership and management I have ever encountered' - Sheryl Sandberg
Forget the standard practices of leadership taught in business school -- all about compensation, command and control. This is a new model for how to inspire -- through purpose, principle and people. The Meaning Revolution is Fred Kofman's call to arms for anyone who has ever felt unengaged at work and offers actionable advice for how we can all find more meaning and dignity whatever we do.
Bringing together economics and conflict resolution, counselling and mindfulness, Kofman explains how our most deep-seated anxiety is that we are wasting our lives. The things that we think matter -- salaries and job titles -- actually only account for 15% of our motivation at work. The other 85% is about how we belong, feeling we make a difference, that we serve a purpose larger than ourselves. Transformative leadership is about helping employees feel connected to a great mission or purpose, and discovering the 'immortality project' at the core of your business.
“Fred’s teachings changed my career and my life. He is one of the most extraordinary thinkers on leadership and management I have ever encountered.”
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and founder of LeanIn.Org & OptionB.Org
“Fred is one of the most enlightened people I’ve met in business. Over the last decade, he has consistently provided me insights that have changed the way I see myself and connect with others. The Meaning Revolution will do the same for you.”
Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn
“Kofman argues that vocational growth and personal growth are inextricable, and he is well positioned to make that argument. . . . You can’t read this book without asking yourself deep and invaluable questions about your life and your calling.”
Robert Wright, senior lecturer at Princeton; author of THE EVOLUTION OF GOD, THE MORAL ANIMAL, NONZERO, and WHY BUDDHISM IS TRUE
“The Meaning Revolution reminds us of the importance of moral authority, trust, compassion, and integrity for effective leadership. Well written and insightful, the book is a must-read for all those interested in leadership.”
Drew Fudenberg (professor of economics, MIT) and Jean Tirole (Nobel Laureate in economics, Toulouse School of Economics); authors of GAME THEORY
“As Fred Kofman makes brilliantly clear in The Meaning Revolution, real leadership is not about hitting your numbers—it’s about creating a culture of purpose and meaning, and inspiring others to realize that they can make a lasting difference in the world around them.”
“Welcome to the rigorously reasoned, deeply heartfelt, and always enlightening mind of Fred Kofman. Trained as an economist, with stops along the way as a management professor and consultant, Fred’s official title at LinkedIn is vice president of executive development. But I have a shorter name for what he does. I call him the High Priest of Capitalism.”
Reid Hoffman, founder and former chairman of LinkedIn; board member of Microsoft (from his introduction)
“I believe culture needs to be about realizing personal passions and using the company as a platform to pursue those passions. Fred Kofman explores that notion even more deeply through vivid stories and truly profound reflections on business leadership and conscious capitalism. Read on!”
Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft
“Fred has accomplished a great feat. He has integrated rationality and spirituality to show how transcendent leadership is the key for humanity to prosper in peace.”
John Mackey, founder and former CEO of Whole Foods