A leader needs clear thinking, and mindfulness can help you achieve that. It's a tool, and a smart leader doesn't leave a useful tool in the box. Some people have the idea that mindfulness meditation is simply about emptying your mind. And if you are someone who is attached to the image of yourself as a thinker, that may sound unappealing.
Yes, mindfulness meditation does involve quieting the barrage of thoughts, but with the purpose of helping to clarify and focus your mind. Mindfulness meditation also reduces stress, improves decision-making and enhances creative thinking. If you are in a leadership position — or hope to be — that’s a benefit you should not ignore.It might help to see mindfulness meditation as a form of mental exercise. Like exercising the body, exercising the mind is necessary to keep it in good condition. It also helps to remember that although mindfulness meditation has Buddhist roots, there is a huge body of research which supports mindfulness as beneficial for a variety of mental and physically issues. As mentioned above, this includes stress reduction, more focus and creativity, but mindfulness meditation has been found to be helpful for people suffering from depression, anxiety, insomnia or chronic pain too. [Read more...] about How can mindfulness meditation make you a better leader?