In Primal Leadership: Learning to Lead with Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman and his co-authors suggest:
“Resonant leaders, who exhibit attributes of emotional and social intelligence, are better able to connect with others most effectively – and so lead well.”
Yet in countless leadership programs favored by key corporations, social and emotional intelligence aren’t even addressed. Old habits die hard. Decision makers cling to those programs they feel comfortable with; programs that create and reinforce practices that inherently cause the very problems they are trying to solve.
Until decision makers are willing to change the way they think about leadership, corporate culture will not change. Recent studies in management science, psychology, and neuroscience all point to the importance of the development of mindfulness and the experiences of hope and compassion. Mindfulness is a conscious awareness of ourselves and the world around us. Hope is a crucial element in a vast array of abilities. People with hope have less emotional stress. When we experience compassion, we are in tune with the people around us. Leaders therefore need to be trained and coached in order to increase their level of awareness of themselves and those around them.
Today, I’m sharing “15 Practical Ways to Find Your Zen at Work,” which is drawn from the lessons of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh on the power of mindfulness. Click here to download the article.
In the meantime, if you want to begin the journey of mindful change, ask yourself the following questions:
- What do you want more of in your life and what do you want less of?
- Do you need to simplify or intensify?
- If so, in which area of your life?
- If you really want to chart a path to more balance in your life, what must you do?
I’m eager to know if you find it helpful, too, and hope that you’ll join the conversation on my Facebook page.