[aa_subtitle_display]In your business, leadership is a very important part of making your company successful. Without leaders that your employees respect and admire, you will have low employment retention rates, unhappy employees, and a business that is less than profitable.
Quality leaders also help to not only set realistic and meaningful goals, but to help drive your organization towards them every day.
With that being said, being a mindful leader is important to the success of your business and the happiness of the individuals that work within it. Take a look as we explore what it means to be one and how to do so.
What does it mean to be a mindful leader?
There are different components to being a “mindful leader”. First, these business executives ensure that their egos never get in the way of leading their inferiors towards success. While this can be tough to do, it’s certainly vital.
Next, being a mindful leader means that you are aware of your environment and are present in the moment.
Applying this to effective leadership means that you are aware of your motivation and reasons for leading and constantly thinking about whether or not you are adequately serving the needs of others.
Finally, it’s about centering your thoughts around whether or not your actions and those you are helping others to make are moving the group towards the goals at hand.
How to be a Mindful Leader
Take care of yourself
The first way to ensure that you are being a mindful leader day in and day out is to take care of yourself. Ensure you get enough sleep and take necessary breaks from your work.
With technology constantly at our fingertips, it’s easy to make your entire life about work – incessantly connected, planning, and interacting with those involved with your business.
However, taking a step back on a personal level allows you to come back refreshed with a clear mind, enhancing your focus levels and making it easier to have the patience and perspective necessary to be the mindful leader your company needs.
Focus on relationships
The American Institute of Stress reports that 46% of our stress is work-related, and 38% of that is related to people issues or conflicts. That points to the fact that the best leaders are those that can proactively and effectively diffuse conflicts and people issues on their teams.
Plus, having positive relationships is helpful in reducing the stress and anxiety of those at our office in general.
Being a mindful leader means that you are proactively working through people issues to make everyone feel like a valuable and productive member of your team.
Regular meditation is said to make a huge impact on your life, especially if you are leading others to success. Start with five minutes a day to decompress, working your way up to spending 15-20 minutes on this daily (which is the research-backed suggestion).
This will make you more “zen” and is sure to improve all of your interactions.
Now that we’ve taught you about what it means to be mindful and how to do it, keep working towards being mindful in your leadership position every day!