Where you want to develop real strength in a career skills area, look at our in-depth self-study courses. These give you the real expertise you need to enjoy an excellent career. And for personal help, talk to our career and life coaches.
Backed by Mind Tools, discover the essential skills and techniques that help you excel in your career - whatever your profession. Learn leadership, personal effectiveness, goal setting, and stress management. Further, discover techniques that improve creativity, assist problem solving, organize time and deadlines, and improve your memory.
Become an Exceptional Leader
The old-fashioned view of leadership is that leaders are marked out for leadership from early on in their lives, and that if you’re not a born leader, there’s little that you can do to become one.
That’s not the way we see it now. The modern view is that through patience, persistence and hard work, you can be a truly effective leader, just as long as you make the effort needed.
The articles in this section (which are drawn from our “How to Lead: Discover the Leader Within You” course) help you develop your leadership skills so that you, too, can become an exceptional leader.
Comprehensive Access to Essential Career Skills
The Mind Tools E-book includes all of the critical career information on the Mind Tools web site, including the following modules:
Tools for Understanding Complex Situations
Decision Making Techniques
Project Planning Skills
Information and Study Skills
Time Management Skills
Techniques for Controlling Stress, and
Tools for Transformation
Resources for personal development and
transformation of body, mind and spirit
Intelligence of the heart is lacking in our culture, so that all too often, instead of acting with integrated reason and feelings, we react with the emotional maturity of spoilt children. Instead of being recognized and understood consciously, emotions are supressed or resisted, giving them subconscious power. They then drive our behavior, and we use our rational intelligence to justify such behavior. Instead of conscious persons who understand why they feel and consequently behave as they do, we have become subconsciously driven and susceptible to cultural conditioning - even hypnosis and brainwashing. Our unempathetic and unethical behavior - and the corresponding lies and rationalizations that result - destroy our spiritual integrity.
In the whole of life, you have only two ways:
- The way of Love and its components: empathy, trust, certainty, confidence, understanding, etc...
- The way of Fear and its components: lies, refusal to understand, harmful acts, withheld communication, etc...
This is the whole scene regarding those old archetypes: forces of the light and forces of the dark. At any moment, we can be part of either one side or the other depending on whether we act through love or through fear.
As we create every second, our creation is either towards light or darkness. And God, which is the sum of all consciousness, encompasses both our light and our darkness. Earth experience is mainly the opportunity to decide which way (towards light or dark) we want to create.
There is clearly a great need for an increased understanding and practice of Emotional Intelligence in our culture. In the world of business, factors that are really important to succeed in an ethical manner are dependent on EQ: the cooperation of employees, creativity and open-mindedness, understanding of another's point of view, ability to use empathy in negotiations, the quality of leadership and communication.
These factors are equally important in the running of schools, health services, local government and politics. They are an essential part of our personal and spiritual development and perhaps most importantly, they are principles that our children need to be taught.
Home-Study Courses to Enhance Intelligence and Creativity
A course in Mind Development can benefit you in a number of ways, depending on what areas you feel you are weak at, or what you want to change about yourself and your capabilities. If you do these courses you should expect to see stable improvements in your life skills and abilities at work. You will have better judgment, increased mental speed and will power, better self-expression, the ability to study effectively and recall what you have learned, more creative insights, and confidence in your capacity to achieve your personal goals in life.
A young person will benefit by improved grades and a much better chance of excelling in higher education, ready to start a successful career. A person at work will have important advantages over his or her colleagues. And a retired person will be able to forestall and even reverse the decline of intellectual abilities that so often accompanies aging. You surely want to enjoy your retirement and take advantage of your lifetime's accumulation of knowledge - not lose your mind and with it your identity.
What you don't use you lose - that applies to all ages. What you do use can be trained, with the right mind development methods and sufficient practice, to become more and more efficient. Mental capacity is effectively unlimited.
Research has been done on the brain for many years. The most important point to come from this has been that one side of the brain tends to become cut off from the other, as painful memories and feelings are repressed. For most people, one side will dominate according to what sort of abilities and aptitudes they have, and the cultural influences of their upbringing. Furthermore, unconscious blocks can freeze huge proportions of our mental energy, and this can cause a person to feel negative, angry or depressed for no apparent reason.
We have identified the causes of such barriers and over the course of many years have refined our techniques for helping individuals to achieve their potential mental capacity. The cognitive enhancement techniques of Mind Development make the mind much more efficient because they open up the pathways of left-right brain communication and assist the person to regain all of their positive mental energy. They can then obtain the goals they want and take control of their destiny.