School of Business Dean, Dr. Joan Marques’ newest single-authored work, Lead with Heart in Mind, has been published by Copernicus, an imprint of Springer that specializes in books for professional audiences. This inspiring book shows both accomplished and aspiring leaders how to harness Buddhist psychology (not in a religious sense) toward practicing more effective and sustainable leadership.
The message in Lead with Heart in Mind is illustrated through stories of visionary and innovative leaders in many fields, including Elon Musk (Tesla), Malala Yousafzai (human rights), Howard Schultz (Starbucks), and Muhammad Yunus (microfinancing), as well as other social entrepreneurs such as Kenton Lee (the Shoe that Grows), Ayah Bdeir (LittleBits), Brittany Wenger (Artificial Brain Technology), Arpit Dhupar (Solution to Pollution), Wangari Maathai (Green Belt Movement), Maria Mayanja (making non-biodegradable waste useful), and William Kamkwamba (“The Boy who Harnessed the Wind”), and others.
The goal of the book is to link an ancient Buddhist concept, known as the Noble Eightfold Path, to contemporary needs to develop an alternative paradigm to the excessive bottom-line focus and winner-take-all approach that has come to dominate leadership practice in recent decades. The Eightfold Path — characterized by the following elements: Right View, Right Intention, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, and Right Concentration — is an approach to leadership that balances individual and collective concerns while aligning pragmatic and spiritual priorities.
In addition to her role as dean and professor of Management at the School of Business, Joan Marques is an accomplished author and speaker.