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Want to be a better leader? Mindfulness can help.

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Written on 2020-10-14T08:02:26+00:00

A Mindful Leader: What every company needs.

A company or business functions as effectively as their employees. Its optimal functioning can be linked directly to the number of positive interpersonal relationships their employees share. Leaders within a company set the tone for work relationships. The challenges that face them are increasingly daunting and their decisions and attitude affect all if not most of their co-workers. They need to be able to think clearly and rationally when making these big decisions. The success of which depends on their emotional and mental states.

Another reason why leaders are important within an organization is because they become role models. Their methods of functioning are emulated by the rest of the organization. If the leader at the top chooses the right path others will too. Their enthusiasm influences everyone’s motivation levels.

Currently, we live in volatile, complex, and ambiguous world. The recent Corona pandemic has thrown the world off-balance. Adding to this that is the fact that right now there is an unprecedented pressure to be productive and available at all times.

Leaders across the globe are struggling to find a way to navigate these demands. Their employees leading fragmented, distracted lives as they juggle work and family demands. Within this environment leaders need to be extra empathetic, make calm sound decisions, and provide confident leadership while taking care of themselves. This can be a tall order. Thankfully mindfulness can help leaders be their best selves, here’s how:

Self-awareness

Mindfulness provides this key aspect required to be a good leader. It makes them more self-aware. As leaders become self-aware of their behavior, they ensure they bridge the gap between the leader they want to be and the leader they are. This ability to objectively compare between ideal and reality is key to success.

Higher levels of self-awareness increase emotional intelligence. This allows leaders to see themselves as others do. They become more cognizant of the impact they have and the influence they wield. They become more responsible of the power they hold.

Overcoming challenges

Problem-solving for leaders is daunting because of the far-reaching consequences of their decisions. But it is also daunting, because they are under constant scrutiny and observation. First, there is the original problem they need to solve and then there is an additional layer they also need to consider- their reaction to the problem. Do they get angry? Are they blaming others? Are they retreating or escaping? Mindfulness affects both of these positively.

While leaders can’t control the circumstances of the challenge, they can control their reaction to it using mindfulness. It teaches them to treat all challenges with compassionate and non-judgmental awareness. This makes it less likely for them to react to a problem negatively and to confront it with productivity. Leaders can use mindfulness to train their minds to respond with kindness to whatever their emotional state might be and then channel this positively to face their challenges. They can deliver criticism with compassion ensuring the other person hears feedback and not negative judgment. This helps them build stronger interpersonal relations and thusly a stronger, more productive company.

Concerning the original problem itself, mindful leaders are more creative and innovative in their thinking. By displaying superior emotional regulation and communicating with empathy they foster creativity in others around them. Mindfulness helps leaders come to terms with uncertainty and adversity. It helps them tap into their intuitive abilities and connect fully with others. This helps them discover creative solutions to their daily challenges.

Less anxiety, more focus

There are plenty of studies that have shown that managers who practice mindfulness report lower levels of anxiety and are more comfortable with making important decisions. Leaders who practice mindfulness are more patient with employee-related issues and can handle crises better. Overall practicing mindfulness leads to higher levels of focus and awareness this helps bring down meeting time. Leaders who practice mindfulness also develop higher levels of job satisfaction, motivation, and creativity.

A good leader leads by example. When employees see their leader being more mindful and empathetic that becomes the corporate culture. The decisions they take mindfully involves the overall good of all their employees. Mindfulness helps them achieve that through enhanced empathy and kindness. The good of the organisation comes first. They increase motivation and job satisfaction for all of their employees thus making the organisation more productive, efficient and a happy place to work at.

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Want to be a better leader? Mindfulness can help.

Article by
Written on 2020-10-14T08:02:26+00:00

A Mindful Leader: What every company needs.

A company or business functions as effectively as their employees. Its optimal functioning can be linked directly to the number of positive interpersonal relationships their employees share. Leaders within a company set the tone for work relationships. The challenges that face them are increasingly daunting and their decisions and attitude affect all if not most of their co-workers. They need to be able to think clearly and rationally when making these big decisions. The success of which depends on their emotional and mental states.

Another reason why leaders are important within an organization is because they become role models. Their methods of functioning are emulated by the rest of the organization. If the leader at the top chooses the right path others will too. Their enthusiasm influences everyone’s motivation levels.

Currently, we live in volatile, complex, and ambiguous world. The recent Corona pandemic has thrown the world off-balance. Adding to this that is the fact that right now there is an unprecedented pressure to be productive and available at all times.

Leaders across the globe are struggling to find a way to navigate these demands. Their employees leading fragmented, distracted lives as they juggle work and family demands. Within this environment leaders need to be extra empathetic, make calm sound decisions, and provide confident leadership while taking care of themselves. This can be a tall order. Thankfully mindfulness can help leaders be their best selves, here’s how:

Self-awareness

Mindfulness provides this key aspect required to be a good leader. It makes them more self-aware. As leaders become self-aware of their behavior, they ensure they bridge the gap between the leader they want to be and the leader they are. This ability to objectively compare between ideal and reality is key to success.

Higher levels of self-awareness increase emotional intelligence. This allows leaders to see themselves as others do. They become more cognizant of the impact they have and the influence they wield. They become more responsible of the power they hold.

Overcoming challenges

Problem-solving for leaders is daunting because of the far-reaching consequences of their decisions. But it is also daunting, because they are under constant scrutiny and observation. First, there is the original problem they need to solve and then there is an additional layer they also need to consider- their reaction to the problem. Do they get angry? Are they blaming others? Are they retreating or escaping? Mindfulness affects both of these positively.

While leaders can’t control the circumstances of the challenge, they can control their reaction to it using mindfulness. It teaches them to treat all challenges with compassionate and non-judgmental awareness. This makes it less likely for them to react to a problem negatively and to confront it with productivity. Leaders can use mindfulness to train their minds to respond with kindness to whatever their emotional state might be and then channel this positively to face their challenges. They can deliver criticism with compassion ensuring the other person hears feedback and not negative judgment. This helps them build stronger interpersonal relations and thusly a stronger, more productive company.

Concerning the original problem itself, mindful leaders are more creative and innovative in their thinking. By displaying superior emotional regulation and communicating with empathy they foster creativity in others around them. Mindfulness helps leaders come to terms with uncertainty and adversity. It helps them tap into their intuitive abilities and connect fully with others. This helps them discover creative solutions to their daily challenges.

Less anxiety, more focus

There are plenty of studies that have shown that managers who practice mindfulness report lower levels of anxiety and are more comfortable with making important decisions. Leaders who practice mindfulness are more patient with employee-related issues and can handle crises better. Overall practicing mindfulness leads to higher levels of focus and awareness this helps bring down meeting time. Leaders who practice mindfulness also develop higher levels of job satisfaction, motivation, and creativity.

A good leader leads by example. When employees see their leader being more mindful and empathetic that becomes the corporate culture. The decisions they take mindfully involves the overall good of all their employees. Mindfulness helps them achieve that through enhanced empathy and kindness. The good of the organisation comes first. They increase motivation and job satisfaction for all of their employees thus making the organisation more productive, efficient and a happy place to work at.

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We now sit with one eye on the screen and the other on a child or a parent nearby. Over the past few months, we’ve realised work from home brings with it its own set of unique challenges.

Why are influential personalities embracing meditation?

Influential people around the globe aren’t new to the concept of mindfulness, hear from the experts themselves.

Beating the Covid-19 blues: Using routines to re-establish a sense of control

Covid-19 has become a great disruptor of routine in our lives. Here’s how we can combat these daily stressors.

Work from home: Communicating boundaries with your family

We now sit with one eye on the screen and the other on a child or a parent nearby. Over the past few months, we’ve realised work from home brings with it its own set of unique challenges.

Why are influential personalities embracing meditation?

Influential people around the globe aren’t new to the concept of mindfulness, hear from the experts themselves.