Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.
At first glance, the concept of mindfulness in leadership may seem like a paradox. But actually, if you reflect for a moment, mindfulness should really be at the core of effective leadership, and at the core of instigating massive change in the way organisations run.
Within the business environment, leadership is often seen in a dark suit, behind a boardroom door, with a sullen expression. However, if we return to the true cornerstones of leadership – inspiration, motivation and growth – mindfulness is an intricate part.
Imagine working in an environment where the corporate culture is mindful; where an organisation is a place where the company’s leaders live in the moment and encourage you to do the same.
The concept of mindfulness in leadership has taken business schools by storm, and current curricula boast subjects like yoga, meditation and serving others. Mindfulness practices are on the rise in workplaces, and it’s easy to see why. Simply, staff are happier, leaders are more grounded, and the responsibilities performed are conducted with a greater sense of intention and intelligent prioritisation.
Finally, the World Leadership Summit boasts lecturers from Harvard, neuroscientists and business leaders, and each is promoting the same message:
Leading from the inside out is the most significant evolution in leadership!