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Leaders are confused about what mattes most?

At the beginning of Mindful Leadership Training, I do an exercise with participants where we explore the qualities of outstanding leadership. It is always an eye opener for people to fully appreciate that most of these are emotional intelligence skills like: good listener/communicator, courageous, empathetic, respectful, accountable, optimistic, confident, visionary, authentic.

Leaders are confused

However, when people review their day to day activities, it’s clear that their tendency is to spend most of their time ‘getting things done’ and much less ‘interacting, communication and actually leading.

Leaders are confused about what matters most…

Brett Steenbarger wrote a great article about this for Forbes entitled: ‘Becoming the leader you would want to follow’. (There is a link to the full article at the bottom of this page)

Leaders are confused:  Happiness Matters!

In it, he also reveals several other delightful paradoxes…. The fact that happiness precedes success rather than results from it. So, a reminder that ‘state of mind’ is fundamental to everything…

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Leaders are confused: Caring about people matters!

and who and how you are as a leader and how you treat people really determines your success. So, an open compassionate approach creates wholehearted engagement and collaboration rather than the more common ‘means to an end’ approach.

No wonder that global brands like: Apple, LinkedIn, Google, Lufthansa are adopting Mindful Leadership approaches and TIME magazine call the Mindful Revolution ‘key to succeeding in the 21st century’.

Interested in learning more about Mindfulness at Work Training?    Please get in touch

We offer a Mindful Leadership & Emotional Intelligence Programme,  Workplace Talks, Mindfulness at Work Workshops & Courses.

You can read the full Forbes article here…


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