COULD MINDFULNESS MAKE YOU A BETTER LEADER?
At some time in our lives, it’s likely that we will have to use some level of leadership skills. What qualities do great leaders have to make them truly successful?
Most people would agree that a good leader, be that for a particular project or leading a team, department or entire company, needs to have great people skills and excel at decision making.
Somebody who is skilled at listening to others is able to make better decisions that serve themselves and their team. They are also more adept at listening to their own intuition so are better able to follow their instincts in order to achieve both short and long-term goals. Other desirable leadership qualities include problem solving skills, creativity and compassion to bring the best out in other people.
Mindfulness is becoming an increasingly popular practice, especially in successful companies, as it has been proven to enhance the essential leadership qualities described above. People who practice mindfulness are often more successful in business.
Here are some key elements of mindfulness that can help you become a better leader.
FOCUS ON THE PRESENT
Bringing your mind into the present moment, rather than the past or future, helps you focus on the tasks in hand and better use your intuition and decision making skills. Discipline yourself to avoid all negative thinking about the past and worrying about the future – the more you bring your full attention into this moment the more this will be your natural default position.
When you are with someone, focusing your awareness on listening to that person dramatically improves the quality of your connection with him or her.
Refraining from making assumptions makes all relationships in your life less effortful. All too often, we think, speak and act with people on the basis of assumptions, and more often than not, our assumptions are wrong. Instead, cultivate the habit of asking questions. This simple habit will allow you to find the truth of a situation and most people value being asked about things, rather than having you make assumptions.
MAKE HONESTY YOUR HABIT
Honesty can be a habit that many find challenging. However, as with all habits, with practice, it becomes natural, even easy. Honesty can be kind but it can also be hurtful if not presented
with kindness. Practise honesty at work, and if you feel your honesty could bring about hurt, do your best to also be kind.
LISTEN TO YOUR INSTINCT
It is very easy to get lost in your thoughts and believe them to be the truth on which you have to base your decisions. When your awareness is fully in the moment and thoughts become nothing more than background noise, you can start to make decisions based on instinct.
The more often you tune into your gut instinct, the more it will speak to you; the more you follow it, the more you will find that your instinct is right.