“Great leaders are emotionally intelligent and they are mindful: they seek to live in full consciousness of self, others, nature and society.”
– Richard Boyatzis and Annie MeKee (Resonant Leadership)
Mindfulness denotes “paying attention to what you do while you are doing it without passing judgement”. This signifies embracing an objective and open-minded state of mindset. Mindful leadership is about being present and confident, and exercising compassion.
A mindful Leader possesses the following key traits:
is grounded and authentic, with humility and integrity
considers long term implications of his/her actions and strives for the sustainable good
develops ways to integrate mindfulness into his/her ability to envision, empower, connect, collaborate, and skillfully respond to change
is able to remain calm and acts deliberately with clarity and firmness to transform stressful situations into favorable conditions
is not easily ‘led’ by an external situation, but instead skillfully ‘lead’ him-/herself and others through the situation.