Why Mindfulness for Leaders?

Engaged organizations are driven by leadership behaviour, and the best way to improve leadership behaviour is through mindfulness. In essence, we teach the practical application of self awareness; connecting to the detail and feeling the experience. In turn, it becomes a process of gaining greater understanding of your self, overcoming your limitations, and focusing on your strengths.

What does it do?

Mindfulness helps a leader be more engaged, communicative, creative, authentic, and less stressed. When expressed in leadership, mindfulness cultivates the best in leadership practices.

Were is the evidence?

Mindfulness can definitely reduce stress in the workplace:

“Two hundred and thirty-nine employee volunteers were randomized into mindfulness-based programs, or a control group that participated only in assessment. Compared with the control group, the mindfulness based program interventions showed significantly greater improvements on perceived stress, sleep quality, and the heart rhythm coherence ratio of heart rate variability.”

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/22352291/

Mindfullness improves a leaders’ ability to think clearly:

“Participants with no prior mindfulness experience were assessed with measures of mood, verbal fluency, visual coding, and working memory. Brief mindfulness training significantly improved visuo-spatial processing, working memory, and executive functioning. Our findings suggest that 4days of mindfulness training can enhance the ability to sustain attention; benefits that have previously been reported with long-term Mindfulness.”

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/20363650/

Mindfulness improves our ability to sift through distracting information and focus, thus increasing engagement:

“Overall the results suggest that attentional performance and cognitive flexibility are positively related to mindfulness practice. This pattern of results suggests that mindfulness is intimately linked to improvements of attentional functions.”

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/19181542/

Mindfulness reduces cognitive rigidity, which is a primary psychological component to problem solving and creativity:

“Experienced practitioners of mindfulness received significantly lower rigidity scores than non-practicers. The authors conclude that mindfulness reduces cognitive rigidity via the tendency to be “blinded” by experience.”

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0036206

Mindfulness increases our empathy, decreases emotional reactivity, and improves our ability to communicate our thoughts and feelings:

“All elements of mindfulness were positively associated with expressing oneself in various social situations. A greater tendency for mindful observation was associated with more engagement in empathy. Mindful description, acting with awareness, and non- judgemental acceptance were associated with better identification and description of feelings, more body satisfaction, less social anxiety, and less distress contagion.”

http://isiarticles.com/bundles/Article/pre/pdf/32140.pdf

Mindfulness also increases compassionate behaviour:

http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0956797613485603?journalCode=pssa