How to improve your leadership with mindfulness?
From 7-13 January 2019, I participated in the Mindfulness Week and in the Mindfulness Conference organized in my home city of Gdansk, Poland.
Being both a practitioner of mindfulness and professionally involved in leadership development, I would like to reflect on the mindful leadership as I can clearly see the benefits of it.
Let me first quote Bill George, the professor of Harvard Business School as I find his quote a very good definition of mindful leadership:
“Mindful leadership is a secular idea that enables people to sustain effective leadership throughout their lifetimes. It enables them to be fully present, aware of themselves and their impact on other people, and focused on achieving the goals of their organizations. Mindful leadership aims to develop self-aware and compassionate leaders by combining Western understanding of authentic leadership with Eastern wisdom about the mind, developed from practices that have been used for thousands of years.”
Another definition was coined by Janice Marturano, Executive Director of the Institute for Mindful Leadership and author of ‘Finding the Space to Lead: A Practical Guide to Mindful Leadership‘, who stated:
“A mindful leader is someone who embodies leadership presence by cultivating focus, clarity, creativity and compassion in the service of others.”
The mindful leaders can truly transform the workplace and the community by creating an environment of engagement, happiness and productivity as mindfulness, selflessness and compassion are the critical qualities to achieve them.
What are the key characteristics of mindful leaders?
The literature on mindful leadership suggests some key characteristics of mindful leaders as they are:
- fully present
- self-aware and understanding others
- conscious, authentic and compassionate
- making thoughtful decisions
- staying focused
- inspiring and creative
- cultivating focus, clarity, and creativity
- open and non-judgmental
- empowering and trusting others
- accountable with non-blaming attitude
- vulnerable and honest
Mindful leaders are equipped with the virtues to transform individuals, teams and their organization, which often leads to breakthrough results.
The interest for mindfulness is growing and the number of scientific papers show an exponential growth. See the picture of AMRA below.
Research has shown that regular practice can result in creating the better workplace with increased happiness, focus, engagement and greater productivity.
Mindfulness may be a useful tool for enhancing the personal and business success of leaders.
The most highly rated training in Google is about mindfulness and the other leading companies like Apple, Facebook, Instagram, Intel, Linkedin, SAP and Twitter incorporated mindfulness into their business and leadership programs.
Will you give mindfulness practice for yourself or mindfulness programs for your company a try?
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FOR MORE INFORMATION:
- The Mindful Leader – An interview with Michael Bunting
- Grow Mindfulness – By Dr. Ron Passfield
- Institute for Minful Leadership – What does research say?
- Mindful Leadership — the Key to Creating Successful Organizations for Which We All Want to Work – By Jeffrey Walker
- How Meditation Benefits CEOs – By Emma Seppälä
- Learn How To Become a Mindful Leader – By Ronald Alexander Ph.D.
- The 3 Qualities of a Successful Leader – By Jacqueline Carter and Rasmus Hougaard