At the core of the human being is the life force of breathing. If we stop breathing, we die.

How in touch are you with your breath? Have you ever thought about the relationship with breathing and leadership? Boom! Here I will explain the close relationship of these two synergies.

Being connected with your breath is at the core of being mindful and Mindfulness should no longer be considered a “nice-to-have” for executives. It’s a “must-have”:  a way to keep our brains healthy, to support self-regulation and effective decision-making capabilities, and to protect ourselves from toxic stress. It can be integrated into one’s religious or spiritual life, or practised as a form of secular mental training.   (mindfulness can change your brain) – Harvard Business Review. 

Regardless of the daily introspective practice you choose, mindful leadership will enhance your clarity about what is important to you and a deeper understanding of the world around you. Therefore, you will be at a higher level of awareness

Here below are some leadership capacities developed by mindfulness Practice

  • Metacognition. This is the ability to choose at crucial times to simply observe what you are thinking, feeling, and sensing. It is like stepping out of that festival of 2000 thought flux so you can actually see what’s going on. When you have the skill to do this, you can better see your thoughts, feelings, sensations, and impulses for what they are. Without metacognition, we are in reacting mode and autopilot.
  • Allowing and flowing.This refers to the ability to let what is the case, be the case. It’s about meeting your experience with a spirit of openness and kindness to yourself and others. It’s not about being passive or weak, but just facing up to what is actually going on in each passing moment. Without allowing, our criticism of ourselves and others crushes our ability to observe what is really happening.
  • Curiosity.This means taking an active interest in what has arisen in our inner and outer worlds. Without curiosity, we have no impetus for bringing our awareness into the present moment and staying with it.
  • Listening. Being in the moment allows people to be better listeners instead focused on what they going to say next.
  • Better decision making. Since you have more control over your mind and is it the byproduct of having enhanced clarity.
  • Awareness of the impact on others. That means actively paying attention to how we respond or approach the beings around us and have a positive impact or constructive interaction on everyone. This is especially important in stressful situations to keep everything under control.

All these leadership skills are not solely for those who are in executive roles or the ones aspiring to one. At the end, we are all leaders and the above is crucial to living life at the highest level of happiness.

Pick one skill a week and start focusing your awareness on each area and by practising meditation, you will enhance the awareness on each of them.

In a world of increasing demand, we are working longer hours,  constantly tied to our phones, emails and information overload and the shift in technology has created an online world where everything is available at the millisecond. That can create a narrow picture, addiction to instant reward and overall impatience and….  but humans are not meant to be working like computers at high speed for long period of time.

Great performers are at their best when managing energy at four dimensions:

  • Physical composed by sleep, fitness and nutrition and intermittent rest through the day to recharge.
  • Emotional via learning to cultivate emotional intelligence. Be mindful of your negative emotions and believes because how you feel influences how you perform.
  • Mental energy via learning to focus and being in the state of flow and being able to gravitate from strategic big picture to tactical thinking
  • Spiritual which is belonging something bigger than yourself which can be higher connection to the universe.

Following this tips, you will be more engaged on whatever you do and with more  positive energy which will allow you to focus on what really makes and impact in your personal and professional life.

If you are a leader encourage your team to focus on this 4 dimensions to cultivate a culture of high performers and achievers.

How are you managing this dimensions in the work space?