Michael Bunting

Michael Bunting is the author of the #1 bestselling books The Mindful Leader and A Practical Guide to Mindful Meditation and co-authored Extraordinary Leadership in Australia & New Zealand with Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, the world’s premier researchers and authors in the field of leadership.

He is the founder of Awakened Mind, a premium mindfulness IOS/Android App. Michael and his team have worked with some of the world’s most prestigious organisations in the area of executive leadership, mindfulness, adult development and scaled culture change.

Several of his clients are award winning best employers, and his app has been academically researched and proven to produce substantial improvement in key performance areas.

In his words, “I got into the leadership development business because of a deeper purpose…summed up beautifully by the great Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh – “When we are unwell, our unwellness spills onto others, when we are well, that too spills onto others. Please be well.” Leaders make a big difference. Leaders who are operating from a center of clarity, values, generosity and purpose are “well”, and that wellness spills onto others. Leaders matter.”

Spotlight Areas:

Michael helps large to medium sized organisations develop their senior people into inspirational values-based leaders. The kind of leaders that build unprecedented levels of trust, purpose, performance, employee engagement and customer satisfaction.

A few specific areas of interest for Michael where he has helped several organizations are:

Self Awareness: It is the number 1 quality needed for great leaders but very few people know what it is and how to practically cultivate it. This webinar covers the why, what and how of this crucial leadership and life skill.

Credibility: Retaining the trust of your team is the number 1 job of a leader, but 50% of leaders unknowingly fail at this. This webinar covers how to deliberately earn, keep and develop leadership credibility.

Accountability: We’ve all heard how important psychological safety is, but did you know accountability is at the very centre of psychological safety? Unfortunately if done poorly it destroys both psychological safety and long term team performance. This webinar covers the 2 sides of the accountability coin and how to do both consistently well.

Adult Development: The research is now clear: The more mature you are as a human being, the more effective your leadership. In this webinar we cover what adult growth is, the key markers of growth, and how to grow as a leader.

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Is this Masterclass right for my team?
The practice of mindfulness and meditation has been around for thousands of years but has gained interest in the business world due to his undeniable benefits that are aligned to the needs of the modern day. Mindfulness reduces anxiety, reduces implicit age and race bias, is known to be effective in the treatment of depression, improves cognition and reduces distraction.

This is what his clients have to say about his work:

“Michael has been an excellent partner to develop our senior leaders to become more self-aware, mindful and self-authoring. His unique combination of data and focus on behavioural change is powerful.” - Novartis Pharma (Exec Leadership & culture change - CEO & top 300 leaders, global)

“Michael Bunting’s care, skill and knowledge are second to none, his ability to connect on a deep personal level is life changing, we have never experienced so much positive feedback from a leadership program.” - Hilton Hotels (Exec Leadership – APAC regional program)

If you are looking at inspiring your leaders to be more compassionate, ethical and more mindful, Michael Bunting is perhaps amongst the best Facilitators available in the world on this topic. FocusU invites you to explore a Masterclass with him.

Contact Us today - we will be glad to meet up and discuss the possibilities for your team!