According to Professor Mark Williams (2011), Oxford University “Mindfulness is a translation of a word that simply means awareness. It’s a direct, intuitive knowing of what you are doing while you are doing it. It’s knowing what’s going on inside your mind and body, and what’s going on in the outside world as well.
Most of the time our attention is not where we intended it to be. Our attention is hijacked by our thoughts and emotions, by our concerns, by our worries for the future, and our regrets and memories of the past. Mindful awareness is about learning to pay attention, in the present moment, and without judgement. It’s like training a muscle – training attention to be where you want it to be. This reduces our tendency to work on autopilot, allowing us to us choose how we respond & react.”
What is Mindful Leadership?
Mindful Leadership training is fitness for the mind. With dedication and practice, leaders transform themselves, organizations and their environments, resulting in increased innovation, focus, productivity and compassion.
It will help you to develop a reflective learning practice and to use all your intelligences, cognitive, physical, spiritual, creative and emotional. It will help you to develop your deep listening, to yourself and to others as you too are listened to. Mindful leaders deliver business results though full awareness of the needs of the business, their personal needs and those of the people they lead. By choosing consistent and appropriate behaviour, based on high levels of empathy and self-awareness, mindful leaders engender trust, are motivating and inspire their team to go the extra mile.
Why Mindful Leadership?
There is a growing evidence base of academic research on the benefits of mindfulness and mindfulness for leaders.
The Institute for Mindful Leadership conducted some research to understand the effects of Mindful Leadership:
The results included:
• 93% said the training had a positive impact on their ability to create space for innovation
• 89% said the program enhanced their ability to listen to themselves and others
• Nearly 70% said the training made a positive difference in their ability to think strategically.
Who else is using it?
Google – have developed their own in house programme called- Search Inside Yourself – see the author speak – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8fcqrNO7so
Mindfulness Programmes are being run within many organisations including: Transport for London; AstraZeneca; Reebok; US Army; PriceWaterhouse
What are the benefits?
According to academic research, the benefits of mindfulness training for leaders are:
- Connecting more fully to who you truly are, living a life that is authentic and aligned with your values
- Improved cognitive flexibility, and ability to focus leading to improved productivity
- Improved creativity and innovativeness
- higher levels of well-being; better emotional regulation; more empathy;
- Increased concentration and strengthening of the mind
- Greater resilience and reduced stress leading to health benefits
- Improved relationships and connections with people
- Induces calmness and peacefulness
- Increased serotonin levels which influence mood and behaviour.
Quote from participant on the 1:1 Mindful Coaching Programme: (run by Angela McCusker):
“I loved this. I wasn’t too sure how I would take to it but it has quite simply changed me in a subtle but profound way so that I feel happier, less stressed, more confident, and I have much more capacity for work and life – I’m especially enjoying the life bit!”
Who is it for?
Leaders in organisations who would like to develop their own leadership capacity, resilience and connection with themselves and others. Leaders who want to make a difference within themselves and those around them.