Do you consider yourself to be a leader who is consciously aware of your own thoughts and feelings and to the world around you?
Most leaders would rate themselves as a highly effective and mindful individual.
However very few focus on how to empower others to be more mindful.
Let me let you into a little secret, helping others to adopt a more mindful attitude actually helps generate greater success for you in the long run.
Fast Paced Decision Making Doesn’t Always Mean Smart Decision Making
Sometimes decisions seem to be happening around you at the speed of light.
Most of the time that pace works for the simple decisions that help achieve your short term goals but when it comes to the long term strategic decisions it makes sense to slow down the thought process and become more aware of what the change really means.
Every poor decision made now has the potential to affect your future success.
And you know what, sometimes it means allowing a co-worker or employee the time to gather the right information and resources to generate a solid action plan which is proactive and not reactive.
At the end of it all you are not recognised for being a smart and effective leader if you enable poor decision-making, you are recognised as a smart and effective leader for enabling decisions which build the foundation you can build long-term success upon.
You Build A Legacy Of Effectiveness
The whole purpose of being a mindful leader is that it creates focus, introspection, creativity and compassion.
When you look at the next generation of leaders in your team and in the wider organisation are you looking at people who exhibit those qualities?
Each of them has the potential to be a leader. But not all of them will achieve that goal without becoming more mindful.
One of the smartest decisions you take right now as a leader is to build a plan to help create a legacy of effective leaders who ooze mindfulness.
These are the people you are going to be able to trust implicitly as you move forward in your journey at the company you work for and beyond.
You can take the first positive step to become the mentor they will love to work with because of the ways mindfulness will empower them for the rest of their career.
As a mentor you can be there to probe and question the way someone think about the seemingly trivial issues they face in the day to day, you can challenge that individual to think more holistically and ultimately shape the leadership style they will be able to share with others.
And One More Thing….
Being mindful in your actions doesn’t make you a leader who is slow to adapt to change.
With careful planning and consideration you can actually exploit the power of mindfulness to be the change you want to see in future leaders.
And that is much more powerful in the long run for your company then any short-term management strategies to incentivize or coerce others could ever be.