“Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it to be.” —Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric
Most business books focus on how leaders can achieve more. How can you do more, better…and faster?
This full-length article takes the opposite tack: how and why, as leaders, you should sit and be still. How do your leadership skills benefit when you take time to quiet your mind and simply sit and be still?
Psychologist Daniel Goleman, an authority on emotional intelligence in organizations, calls this the leadership paradox in Primal Leadership: “For leaders, the first task in management has nothing to do with leading others; step one poses the challenge of knowing and managing oneself.”
- Connecting with deep values that guide
- Imbuing actions with meaning
- Aligning emotions with goals
- Keeping motivated
- Keeping focused and on task
When we act in accord with these inner measures, we feel good about what we do. Our emotions become contagious. When we, as leaders, feel positive, energized and enthusiastic about our work, so do those we influence.
Honing the skills of awareness leads to mindfulness—becoming aware of what’s going on inside and around us on several levels. Mindfulness is living in a state of full, conscious awareness of one’s whole self, other people and the context in which we live and work.
Before you dismiss mindfulness as New Age rhetoric, pay attention to the research. Recent studies in management science, psychology and neuroscience point to the importance of developing mindfulness and experiencing meditation.
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The complete 2,000 word article includes these important concepts:
- Leadership through Mindfulness
- What Is Meditation?
- The Restlessness Experience
- Self-Awareness and Emotional Intelligence
- Mindfulness Meditation Benefits
- Being You
- The Art of Non-achievement
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