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Published (first published January 10th 2015)
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Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it's one of those books that might be for you or not. if your curiosity is tickled, below i've outlined the first couple of chapters:

15 commitments of conscious leadership: a new paradigm of sustainable business

*Tim-leading from below the line:
on edge. fear. insecure. runs from silence. sleep deprived. unconscious. emotionally disconnected. judgmental. anxious. ego. surviving. constant hyper-arousal. reactive, stuck in past or imagined story. angry. below the line leadership is closed, defens
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Wow, a really wonderful book that defines leadership from an entirely different angle. I thought it would present things about this subject in a stereotypical way, but to my surprise this was entirely at a different level. This book also indirectly touches things at a spiritual level. The difference between the commitment levels for each of the 15 commitments are effectively communicated throughout the book. Following/Practising these commitments are not at all easy, but one can see why it is ex ...more
Mark Sturgell
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This will likely become one of the seminal books on leadership in my library. The authors dissect many of the aspects of authentic leadership that I already believe and practice, providing helpful distinctions and mnemonics, but also practical applications for desired results, which is too often left to theory in leadership books. I look forward to expanding these Commitments into my own personal living and professional practice.

The one downside worth mentioning is the authors' tendency toward
Diane Murray
A "self-help" book that will absolutely transform your life, whether you're a "leader" by standard definition or not--and this is coming from a strong skeptic with a dislike for self-help and life improvement fads. Everything in here is just solid advice for shifting your perspective and expectations for a more contented, compassionate, and mindful life experience.

I normally skim this sort of book to get the main points, but for this one reading it word for word is what gave it its impact. I def
Philip Joubert
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I'm working through the concepts in this book with a leadership coach - so my experience of the book is massively shaped by that. A few of the concepts can sound quite wanky at first glance and I think they might continue to sound wanky to some.

Good companion books:
- Leadership and Self Deception
- Anatomy of Peace
- The Courage to be Disliked
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It is a book that touches many different aspects of the human being.

What is leadership and what differentiate leaders from others. What it takes to give the extra percent that makes us unique, valuable and feel satisfy by our actions. To take fulk responsibility for our actions and to don't adopt a victim role that clouds our purpose.

It also guides you through, how to feel our feelings to identify patterns in our behaviors and the way we react to the world.

Furthermore, another big learning was
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to commit to changing anything in their lives
This was a great book! This book gives a lot of practical ways to consciously live above the line, in a place of being open, curious and open to learning. And while the authors acknowledge that being human we will all at times fall below the line (into a place of being closed, defensive and committed to "being right"), they give a lot of practical ways to get yourself back above the line.

I highlighted a lot of references and ideas in this book, and this is a book I will continue to reference and
Becky Aguirre
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book has had a deep impact on my life and relationships. It is easy to read and comprehend and presents very practical tools for making big lofe-changes! It's a book I will be referring back to for years to come! Check out the free downloads and other related resources at! ...more
Jeremy Randall
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reading a bunch of leadership books whilst work is slow.
This one is crazy good and reflects a ton of stuff I tried in the mid 2010s.
It begins with some stories of showing the normal below the line leadership of needing to be right, being closed to new things and then it instantly goes into discussing blame.
who did this? they need to take the fall. Which is discussed comes from toxic fear right?
How much of our working lives is influenced by toxic fear. of our bosses or the culture around hitti
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Listened to the Audiobook version of this book, after listening to Jim Dethmer @ Knowledge project podcast with Shane Parrish. I felt, this book had some really great insights and ideas about leading and most importantly living consciously. In my opinion, the radical changes that were discussed in this book would need to be combined with some kind of conscious living practices like meditation or similar.. the reason I say this is even though one might intellectually understand and appreciate the ...more
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Concise and useful! I with there were more examples of how to practice the commitments.
Apr 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
A true waste. Anyone with healthy skepticism and backed with intelligence and reason is going to be very disappointed reading this "how-to" book. If you took an intro college-level philosophy or comparative religion class, you'd recognize this as just a mix of traditional Taoism and Stoicism philosophy trying unsuccessfully to be applied as a guide for the enlightened business leader. However, its authentic and only useful application in the workplace is a handy guide and convenient way to dismi ...more
marilyn flower
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: enlightened individuals and organizations or those headed that way...!!!!
Recommended to marilyn by: Rev Joan Steadman
Amazing! Leadership Principles with a metaphysical perspective...a new way of being and managing energy in organizations and in our lives!!!! At any given moment we can be open and curious or rigid and right, our choice! The book takes us through a process towards openness, honesty, clarity, candor, and taking full responsibility without judging or complaining-- a true place of empowerment. Drawing on Rev Michael Beckwith's four stages of consciousness, Byron Katie's Work, and helpful distinctio ...more
Melissa Greene
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: imaginarium
I listened to this book through AUDIBLE. It was incredible. I was challenged and strengthened. What a difference these shifts are making in my life. I now want to purchase so that I can read and ingest these powerful truths again. If you are a leader this is a MUST read.
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A MUST READ!!!! This book has helped me change the way I run my business, my personal relationships, and my life. It's an easy read, and a great one to read one chapter a week to practice the commitments. ...more
Deidre Schwartz
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This sounds like a leadership book, and it is, but so much more. I would recommend this to anyone as an excellent guide to leading a happy life. So many exellent points on how best to lead, manage, and inspire people while getting the most of life for your own well-being.
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice to glance through now and then. I liked the theme of “above the line” and “below the line” along with the many examples of the commitments throughout. As with many business books, you have to be in the right mindset to really benefit from the ideas presented.
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Start is a little esoteric but overall one of best leadership books. Chapter structure really good with exercises..
Oleksiy Kovyrin
Sep 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
New age bullshit. Don’t waste your time on this.
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I recently read 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership and wanted to write about one of the commitments they described to summarize it and help me begin to practice it: The commitment to speaking candidly. For context, the core idea of the book is when you lead consciously you’ll be happier and more successful. They outline 15 commitments to help with this. For speaking candidly the commitment they outline is as follows:

“I commit to saying what is true for me. I commit to being a person to whom
Robert Guico
Jan 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the weirdest business books that I've ever read, 15 Commitments doesn't quite square the circle when it comes to "being a business" versus "being". Yet it offers practical (if short) lessons from so far afield that each commitment is worth thinking about, even if a broader incorporation of these lessons demands a full DNA transplant of an organization.

The books starts by painting a picture of two corporate leaders, contrasting their approach to work and showing differing coping mechanisms
I read this as an audiobook since I’m a mother of a busy, little-sleep-required two-year-old with limited time. I will definitely be purchasing the book so I can reread, actually do the exercises included, and in so doing implement changes in my life. This is a book for everyday living, not just corporate leadership or work life.

I personally have spent the last few years of my life trying to overcome difficult life circumstances and help a depressed spouse who has also had some tough life circu
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great book which turns over a new leaf of leadership behaviors. Unlike most of the other leadership books which are into extrinsic leadership behaviors i.e. how to communicate, how to manage etc., this book dwells into intrinsic leadership behaviors i.e. how to respond intrinsically to situations, choosing to be in control of the way we think, respond etc.

For example: Am you right or do you want to be right? Being right is just knowing 2+3 = 5. Wanting to be right is acknowledgment and accepta
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: business, non-fiction
The title put me off a little bit as books with a fixed number of points can have an arbitrary combination of content that does not belong together and fail to hit home with its intended message.

This book however resonated with me. I had heard of the book through listening to a podcast Dethmer was a guest on. I immediately took to his quick take on leadership and life itself. Consequently, I picked up the audio book and got reminded of so many important behaviours and characteristics that make a
Feb 09, 2021 rated it liked it
It's a lot like 7 habits of highly effective people, but with a spiritual twist (commitment 14 "all-in solution", scarcity belief, we create stories about neutral facts, but also feelings are unarguable). Some practical commitments really struck a chord with me (everyone as An Ally for growth, nothing is lacking, maybe missing, the zones of incompetence to Genius, to play more in work mode), but others were too spiritual for me to believe them feasible in a real-world scenario (seeing someone in ...more
Greg Bae
Sep 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Jim Dethmer lays out a framework for leadership using principles grounded in mediation, growth mindset and community.

The 15 Commitments:

Taking radical responsibility
Learning through curiosity
Feeling all my feelings
Speaking candidly
Eliminating gossip
Practicing integrity
Generating appreciation
Excelling in your zone of genius
Loving a life of play and rest
Exploring the opposite
Sourcing approval, control and security
Having enough of everything
Experiencing the world as an ally
Creating win fo
Hank Pharis
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
(NOTE: I'm stingy with stars. For me 2 stars means a good book or a B. 3 stars means a very good book or a B+. 4 stars means an outstanding book or an A {only about 5% of the books I read merit 4 stars}. 5 stars means an all time favorite or an A+ {Only one of 400 or 500 books rates this!).

Having known Jim in seminary and having followed his ministry over the years I was very interested to learn about what he is doing these days. However merely listening to this book is not enough. Its too much
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
I read this with colleagues over the course of a few months, discussing about a chapter or two a month. I almost rejected this book outright at the beginning because the introductory character sketch of a conscious leader seemed so far-fetched and privileged that I thought this book would be akin to advice from Sheryl Sandberg. I did end up finding the book useful and it provided some good discussion with colleagues. I particularly liked the chapter with the opposites exercise. I would have appr ...more
Marissa Crawford
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting book on leadership and I found it very useful. I read this book as part of a leadership course at work so we had sessions to practice our skills and discuss. Those sessions are where I really got the value from reading the book. I think it would be difficult to put some of the commitments into practice without having these sessions. There are also things that seem to contradict each other in the book but working through them in the sessions, I could pick up on the nuances. ...more
Dejan Vukmirovic
May 15, 2021 rated it liked it
Got this book as a gift and a recommendation to read it.
And I think it was a good thing to do so.
Overall, the style in which book is written doesn't really resonate with me. And I struggled in first half of the book. But as I progressed through I was finding more and more concrete explanations, and even tips, that I could fully understand and that made me think about some situations I had both privately and through the career.
At the end - I see this as one of those "psychology for beginners" boo
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