Develop these traits that will help you increase innovation, productivity, engagement, and focus in your workforce.
When it comes to leadership, mindfulness refers to developing a leadership presence by exhibiting character, focus, integrity, and compassion. Leaders need to be aware and give their full attention to the present moment. Through mindful leadership you can increase innovation, productivity, engagement, and focus in your workforce. Here are five traits to develop if you want to be a mindful leader.
1. A mindful leader leads by example
When you ask your employees to do something, ask yourself if you would be willing to do it yourself. When you expect your employees to do something you are unwilling to do, it leads to a disconnect between the workforce and leadership. This further leads to a waning of trust that can have serious implications on the performance of your team and therefore the organisation. As a leader, to be able to gain your employees’ trust you need to show them you follow your own rules, expectations, and strategies.
2. A mindful leader recognises hard work
That salary SMS at the end of the month does mean a lot. But it isn’t enough if you’re looking to build employee engagement and retain talent. Appreciation and recognition can go a long way towards boosting an employee’s morale and building their relationship with the company. It also balances out the critical feedback that you sometimes have to provide. An employee who has a better connect with you will be more inclined to perform better and stay loyal.
3. A mindful leader communicates with compassion
The ability to communicate compassionately is what sets a mindful leader apart from the rest. As a mindful leader you are always aware of your emotions and don’t let them rule your decisions or communication methods. To be able to communicate mindfully and compassionately you need to take the time to consider whether what you’re going to say or write is going to be honest and beneficial for the larger good. Also avoid responding/communicating when you are feeling emotional, especially if you’re angry, as you might say something in the heat of the moment that you’ll regret later.
4. A mindful leader is always humble
It is not unusual for humility to be mistaken for weakness. Marketing guru Ken Blanchard points out that humility doesn’t mean you think less of yourself but rather that you think of yourself less. A humble leader isn’t afraid to acknowledge her/his weaknesses or to reach out for help if needed. It also means he is able to recognise her/his strengths. Humility makes you open to receiving feedback, helping you improve and become better as a leader and a professional. It also shows your employees that you are interested in making a difference.
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