“Leadership is not domination, but the art of persuading people to work toward a common goal.”
– Daniel Goleman, – Emotional Intelligence
Mindfulness for leaders in a nutshell
A well balanced mindfulness practice is now scientifically validated to have dozens of health benefits and benefits to the mindful leader, who understands mindfulness in a workplace not as a means to an end.
So, a mindfulness practice has been shown to increase productivity and increase loyalty and retention. Especially for you as a leader, there are great implications that a regular mindfulness practice will aid you to maintain calm and poise during your own challenges, which of course can be various.
Moreover, mindfulness reduces emotional exhaustion and improves job satisfaction or in other words practicing mindfulness can create a working environment, people love to return to, seeing their job not as a means to an end (making a living) but instead as a place of co-creation and perhaps even happiness.
Let’s take a leap
Let´s take a leap with the former and assume that the best leaders have some method to manage the constant onslaught of inputs and stimuli to maintain their presence and good health.
Can you imagine, that being self-centered, mindful, perhaps even having a daily mindfulness practice can be a powerful aid to not just maintain your own good and excellent leadership but to also serve as a positive model for others?
Finding the space for mindfulness in a workplace and mindful leadership gives you concrete feedback in your own organisation. So, being a role model and an inclusive factor of introducing a space for the betterment of your peers, is what will make the difference.
What is in for you (the leader) ?
Let´s take a look at just three leadership development possibilities, which you can enhance through mindfulness practice.
Curiosity / Beginners Mind – This means taking an interest in what shows up, what is present in a given moment. Doing this with attention and perhaps even with a mind, that just sees it, as what it is. Perhaps going a step further and letting go of whatever happens and instead looking at what presents itself with an open mind or better said beginner’s mind, to maybe see the possibilities without the distraction of my mind made experience and staying with it.
Permit / Allow – Which basically means, that we allow whatever presents itself in a given moment. We do this with a spirit of kindness to ourselves and others but foremost openness to what we face right now. It´s about opening up a space to permit all in, that already entered our awareness and let it be, even if that means to look it straight in the face. So, this is an ability, which has nothing to do with a weak or passive attitude but instead allows for observing as to what is happening.
Self-Knowledge / Experiencing – Here we talking about the ability to choose at any time, perhaps a crucial time to observe our thoughts, feelings anything we are able to sense in a given moment. So instead of being in the motorway with cars (thoughts) , racing across the surface, simply be the motorway noticing the cars, instead of being the cars. It helps you to experience and gain awareness of your stream of thinking without falling into the trap of being the thought. Or become more aware of your senses like sounds or taste and simply acknowledge them, instead of being driven by the former. In sum, self-knowledge and looking at the experience helps you to step out of the auto-pilot.
What can you expect?
Mindful Leadership Session consist of 4 elements.
1. Learn – We start with looking into, what mindfulness is, as well as taking a sneak peak into a very short mindfulness practice. A brief assessment into self-awareness and perhaps current state of mindfulness in your organisation. We are going to do this with curiosity and a beginners, being open to what shows up during this part of the session.
2. Practice – Mindfulness practice is the center of experiencing mindfulness and learning how to embody it. We are starting here with a short guided meditation by sitting on a chair or lying on our backs.
3. Exchange / Inquiry – after each guided meditation practice, we are going to exchange our made experience and I am going to inquire into any concerns or challenges that may have surfaced during the practice or thereafter.
4. Embody – In order to embody the practice of mindfulness, each participant has to simply practice it. I am going to assist you to create a plan for your ongoing meditation practice.
What to do next?
a) Get in touch with me to schedule a complimentary 20-minute call. We are going to look into your requirements and I will ask you some questions to learn more about your goals, as well as your challenges.
b) With the next step, I am going to follow up with a proposal, which is customised to your needs and Includes a sample agenda of a typical mindful session.
c) Last, but not least, I am going to visit your organisation for half a day or a whole day and we are engaging in a session for mindful leadership, exploring also mindfulness in a workplace.
“Mindfulness is the moment you are and the born awareness you live.”
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