Mindfulness was introduced to me a year or so ago now and I must admit, my perception of it was mumbo jumbo!! Finding myself trying to balance an intense and hectic work / family balance that doesn't provide many spare moments and especially opportunities for reflection and calmness, I decided to give Headspace (a free app introducing mindfulness) a go. I am not a total convert, in that I still haven't made it part of my regular daily routine, but when I do make time it totally changes my outlook for the day. It really helps to highlight the positives and put the negatives in a drawer as well as de-stressing. I highly recommend that you give it a go, it will positively help your Leadership.
Leaders across the globe feel that the unprecedented busyness of modern-day leadership makes them more reactive and less proactive. There is a solution to this hardwired, reactionary leadership approach: mindfulness. Having trained thousands of leaders in the techniques of this ancient practice, we’ve seen over and over again that a diligent approach to mindfulness can help people create a one-second mental space between an event or stimulus and their response to it. One second may not sound like a lot, but it can be the difference between making a rushed decision that leads to failure and reaching a thoughtful conclusion that leads to increased performance. It’s the difference between acting out of anger and applying due patience. It’s a one-second lead over your mind, your emotions, your world.