Mindful Leadership

Key Idea

 Through daily meditation and mindfulness exercises, mindful leaders gain clarity and balance in their lives, which translates into more lucid perspectives. Instead of the traditional conceptualization of change that focuses on business models or processes, the mindful leader focuses on inner growth and compassion.

Book to Read

Mindful Leadership:The 9 Ways to Self-Awareness
by Maria Gonzalez (2012)

Quick Take from the Book

There are nine aspects to becoming a mindful leader:

  1. Be Present
  2. Be Aware
  3. Be Focused
  4. Be Calm
  5. Be Equanimous
  6. Be Positive
  7. Be Compassionate
  8. Be Impeccable
  9. Be Clear   

Quote of Note

“The biggest difference that mindfulness has made for me is that I now operate from a place of equanimity. I no longer live on a roller coaster. In the past I was very much attached to outcomes, whether it was winning the deal, increasing sales, or hiring the best staff. Now, I do the best I can, as I did in the past, but I let the chips fall where they may. Ironically, things work out better. Not trying to control every outcome allows me to learn from each situation. Mindfulness has given me a far better balance.”  — Mindful Leadership: The 9 Ways to Self-Awareness, P. 77

Related Styles: Positive Leadership, Appreciative Leadership 

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