Everyone is different, which is why various leadership styles exist.
Some of the most common ones include democratic, autocratic, laissez-faire, strategic, transformational, transactional, coach-style, and bureaucratic leadership. However, one often overlooked and quite effective leadership style is the mindful leader.
Mindfulness is one’s ability to be fully present and observant while also being in control and not overreacting.
Mindful leaders possess specific beneficial characteristics, making them stand out and be successful.
Mindful leaders have emotional intelligence.
Emotional intelligence is the ability to notice and manage one’s feelings while seeing and responding adequately to the emotions of others.
Psychologist Daniel Goleman, author of The New York Times bestseller book Emotional Intelligence has created a model that divides emotional intelligence into 4 quadrants.
- Self-awareness is the ability to be aware of one’s mood and thoughts and their impact on others. Some aspects of self-awareness include emotional self-awareness, accurate self-assessment, and self-confidence.
- Self-management is the ability to effectively manage one’s feelings, thoughts, and actions. Some aspects of self-management include emotional self-control, transparency, adaptability, and optimism.
- Social awareness is the ability to accurately gauge others’ emotions and situations, allowing you to make better decisions and actions. Some aspects of social awareness include empathy, organizational awareness, and service.
- Relationship management is using the above skills to manage social situations effectively. Some aspects of relationship management include influence, conflict management, and collaboration.
According to the Harvard Business School, emotional intelligence accounts for nearly 90% of what makes high performers stand out. Responsible leaders are also sure to stand out.
Mindful leaders take responsibility.
When you let go of the desire to insert blame, you can take responsibility for yourself and the business better.
Blaming people or situations is often a waste of time. Instead, observe to accurately understand the circumstances so you can focus on the decisions you can make while accepting the areas you can’t control.
By taking responsibility, you open up doors to possibility. Blaming, victim thinking, and fear create limitations and barriers. By taking full responsibility for the aspects you can control, you’re opening yourself and the business up for success.
Mindful leaders are powerful.
Power isn’t just for the loud and strong, it’s for those who acquire respect.
Mindful leaders are often respected for their ability to…
- Give the situation and the people before them 100% of their attention.
- Filter their thoughts before they speak.
- Lead by self-motivation instead of fear or manipulation.
- Stay calm under pressure.
Research has shown people spend 47% of their time thinking about something else and not on what they’re currently doing. Almost half of people’s time is spent not being mindful!
Where do you lie on the mindfulness spectrum? Try taking a quick self-assessment from the Harvard Business Review. If you’re like most people, you have room to grow.
Luckily, there are tactics you can use to become a more mindful person.
Practice mindfulness to become a mindful leader.
Aim for at least five minutes every day of mindfulness.
This means finding a quiet place to sit and focus on your breathing. It’s a way to calm down, push away future anxieties, and focus on the present. By practicing in neutral times, when stressful situations arise you’ll be better able to focus on your breath to calm down.
Many find mornings the best time to practice mindfulness, mainly because we release the most stress hormones within minutes of waking up. Practicing mindfulness can be a great way to counteract this.
Stop multitasking to become a mindful leader.
Multitasking fragments your focus.
Multitasking is also ineffective because humans are terrible at it. Research found that only 2.5% of people can effectively multitask. Do yourself and your mind a favor by cutting back on this ineffective work tactic.
Decrease distractions to become a mindful leader.
By decreasing distractions that break your focus, you’ll be able to stay in the present.
One major culprit of distractions is your phone. It’s constantly pinging with notifications from texts, missed calls, emails, and social media apps. Try sectioning off times of the day when you’ll be phone free. Communicate this with coworkers, friends, and family. Then, you can use these phone-free, distraction-free times to get your most challenging work done.
Emails are another common distraction. They go off throughout your day. Responding to emails feels productive, but in reality, they disrupt your work. If possible, try pausing all email notifications, instead blocking off a time of day to check your email box.
Mindfulness is both a leadership style and a way of life. By incorporating it into your life, you’ll be better able to calmly tackle day-to-day problems with focus.
Mindfulness: Paper Versus Digital
Speaking of mindfulness, when it comes to advertising, you want your target audience to be as present and focused as possible.
Although digital advertising does have its advantages, one major problem is focus. It’s often harder for people to focus and be mindful when using screens because of all the distractions.
However, paper can be a powerful tool to initiate mindfulness in the recipient. It’s much less distracting, allowing the viewer to focus their entire attention on the paper at hand.
We can help you capture your potential client’s attention with print!