The Mindfulness Edge: How to Rewire Your Brain for Leadership and Personal Excellence Without Adding to Your Schedule

Matt Tenney

Wiley,  March 2016

The one habit that can improve almost every leadership skill

There is a simple practice that can improve nearly every component of leadership excellence and it doesn't require adding anything to your busy schedule. In The Mindfulness Edge, you'll discover how a subtle inner shift, called mindfulness, can transform things that you already do every day into opportunities to become a better leader. Author Matt Tenney has trained leaders around the world in the practice of mindfulness. In this book, he partners with neuroscientist Tim Gard, PhD, to offer step-by-step, practical guidance for quickly and seamlessly integrating mindfulness training into your daily life -- rewiring your brain in ways that improve both the ‘hard' and 'soft' skills of leadership.

In this book, you'll learn how mindfulness training helps you:

  • Quickly improve business acumen and your impact on the bottom line
  • Become more innovative and attract/retain innovative team members
  • Develop the emotional intelligence essential for creating and sustaining a winning culture
  • Realize the extraordinary leadership presence that inspires greatness in others

The authors make a compelling case for why mindfulness training may be the 'ultimate success habit.' In addition to helping you improve the most essential elements of highly effective leadership, mindfulness training can help you discover unconditional happiness and realize incredible meaning -- professionally and personally.

Hardcover | ISBN: 9781119183181 | Publication Date: March 2016


This is an extraordinary book! The Mindfulness Edge offers a practical path to mastering your mind -- and changing your brain in ways essential for effective leadership -- with one simple habit."
-- Skip Prichard,
President & CEO, OCLC, Leadership Insights blogger at

"I thoroughly enjoyed this valuable book.  Matt Tenney and Tim Gard offer a practical, enjoyable path to consistently being the leaders we aspire to be."
-- Bob Hottman,

"This is a game-changing book. The Mindfulness Edge can take your business acumen, leadership skills, and personal growth to a higher level. I have read roughly 2,000 business books and this one is now in my top 10."
-- John Spence,
Named one of the top 500 leadership development experts in the world by

"I found this book very insightful. It serves as a practical training manual for improving self-awareness, and shows how self-awareness impacts nearly every aspect of leadership. This book will not only help you to be a better leader, it will also help you to enjoy the journey."
-- Gregory A. Serrao,
Executive Chairman, American Dental Partners, Inc

"In The Mindfulness Edge, Matt Tenney and Tim Gard present -- in an engaging and inspiring way -- a practical method of 'strength training' for the most important 'muscle' in your body: your brain. This is a must-read for any leader looking to raise the bar of excellence, while also becoming happier!"
-- Chris Thoen,
Sr.  VP, Global Head Flavour Science + Technology, Givaudan Flavours Corp.

"I truly enjoyed this book!  The applications and narrative herein apply not only to leadership but also to life.  I strongly recommend The Mindfulness Edge to people new to the practice and to people with a long-standing interest."
-- Tara Swart, M.D., Ph.D.,
CEO, The Unlimited Mind, Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan, and Author of Neuroscience for Leadership

"I recommend The Mindfulness Edge to leaders of all types. The authors show how mindfulness training can be easily integrated into daily routines with a measurable impact on your home, social, and business worlds."
-- Rick Staab,
CEO, InterMed