Why leaders should embrace mindfulness

It might sound a bit New Age and hippy, but incorporating mindfulness into the workplace mindset might be just what modern leaders need.

With growing pressure to complete tasks more efficiently and more effectively, while maintaining constant contact with colleagues, attention spans are stretched in limitless directions. To not just cope, but thrive in this context, you need a way to stay grounded.

Here are five features of effective leadership that can be shaped and developed through mindfulness.

1. Self-Awareness

As a leader, you are responsible for guiding and inspiring others towards a shared vision. This means that being aware of others’ perceptions of you is crucial, and not something that can simply be brushed off.

Mindfulness helps you build a strong understanding of your own behaviours and emotions, so that you can better assess the impact they could have on colleagues, and address issues before they start to get out of hand.

4. Compassion

The classic manager might be tough as nails, there simply to get the job done, but this isn’t what’s required of the modern leader.

In the 21st century, the most talented staff will only follow leaders with a good dollop of humanity, who can engage and inspire rather than demand. In reality, “leaders” like Alan Sugar would find themselves quickly losing their best team members, while sapping those that stayed of the energy needed to perform well.

Mindfulness sharpens your awareness of the needs of others, helping you tune into colleagues’ emotions rather than getting through each day with your head in the sand.

3. Presence in the moment

With so many distractions in the workplace, from endless streams of emails to ad hoc meetings, it’s easy to be diverted away from the matter at hand.

But in between questioning what’s already happened and planning for what’s to come, it’s important to make time for the present moment. Mindfulness helps draw your attention back to what’s happening right now, allowing you to focus more fully on the purpose of the current activity.

This can help you achieve tasks more objectively as well as more efficiently, as your judgement isn’t constantly clouded by anxiety about past and future events.

4. Resilience

Most leadership roles come with their fair share of pressure, complexity and volatility. While it’s easy to let all this cumulate into a stressful and miserable experience, you can choose to turn it into something more useful instead.

To be able to consistently provide engaging leadership, and resist burnout, you must find a way to withstand difficult situations. Mindfulness can help you see setbacks as lessons, giving you the strength to use them to your advantage in the future.

5. Rationality

The pressures of leadership can lead some to slip into irrational behaviours, which in turn lead to less effective leadership.

A key facet of powerful leadership is consistent calm, and the ability to make well-considered rational decisions.
Mindfulness enables you to step back and contemplate situations objectively before taking action, making for more level-headed leadership.

To find out how to harness the power of mindfulness to achieve these essential features of effective leadership, join the webinar.