Concentrated awareness brings a more steady, thoughtful, flexible and creative influence.
Executives should be ambitious, decisive and… mindful? Mindful leadership is emerging as an important trait, as William Brendel, CEO of the Center for Ethical Organizations at the St. Thomas Opus College of Business, explained in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. (Jan. 13, 2018) Leaders who center themselves and apply a thoughtful, analytical approach to their own decisions and style often lead their organizations to better outcomes.
Mindful leaders are those who are able to do away with their cynicism, people-pleasing, perfectionism and temptation to frame themselves as a victim of circumstance. They can also overcome impostor syndrome and make clear-headed choices. An executive who has taken such an approach may be able to avoid stumbling into choices that are out of step with his or her values.
Paying attention at a fundamental level is the essential ingredient in taking on such mindfulness. There are numerous ways to practice this in daily leadership situations. When a meeting has descended into confusion on non-productivity, executives can practice taking a step back, centering themselves and viewing the situation honestly and mindfully. A productive path forward may present itself, as the decision-maker focuses on the truly important factors.
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