How to Implement Mindful Leadership
Constant change and increasing competitive pressure are some of the challenges that leaders in the biotech industry have to work through on a regular basis. Management skills, an ability to inspire employees, and having sound financial judgement are important qualities for leaders to have, but if you really want to impel your team to their highest level of achievement, you’ll also need to implement mindful leadership. Let’s review some of the benefits of mindful leadership, along with some effective strategies.
- It promotes rich experiences. Mindful leadership helps clinical research associates from getting overwhelmed with stress and burned out by transforming mundane everyday tasks into meaningful experiences.
- It enables growth. Instead of avoiding stress and other problems, mindful leaders can leverage these difficulties and help others to learn and grow.
- It stimulates timelessness, effortlessness, and joy. We tend to forget about these qualities when we are working hard but being mindful helps you to stay focused and optimistic.
- It cultivates confidence and humility. Mindful leaders stand out because they treat everyone with respect regardless of their title.
- It encourages transformation. Small-minded leaders are narrow and egocentric versus open-minded leaders who are more curious and connected. Mindfulness enables perspectives to shift toward being more open and willing to help others achieve their goals.
Easy Mindfulness Strategies
Whether we’re worrying about the future, or stuck on something that happened in the past, we are often too concerned with the small things in life by default. Fortunately, it’s still possible to overcome this tendency through the practice of mindfulness. Scientists have shown that we all have an automatic mode network also referred to as Small Mind, and unless we accept it and learn from it, we can’t cultivate the Big Mind that enables living in the moment and clarity. Mindful leadership is achieved when we have cultivated our Big Minds enough to handle those concerns from the Small Mind. These strategies can help get you there:
- Start meetings with a moment of presence. Although still necessary, many work meetings quickly spin out of control and become counter-productive leaving leaders wondering what could be done differently to keep everyone focused. Next time try beginning with a short moment of presence exercise like stretching or taking a few deep breaths.
- Practice informal mindfulness. Formal meditation is still helpful, but it’s the in-between moments during our days that tend to get overlooked. These are the moments, like walking back to your office after a meeting, that can help you stay grounded and present during the most stressful times.
- Prioritize time for full engagement. Although easier said than done, leaders need to set aside offline time, as little as 15 minutes can be beneficial, and protect it from distractions.
Mindful leadership is something that successful leaders have in common. Not only are they more committed, they are also happier, healthier, and more productive.
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