Mindfulness is the stage of being conscious or fully aware of the very present moment. The usual questions should be “How are we feeling?” “What are we doing?” “Why are we doing it?” , and “What is good and bad in taking these actions?”
Many of us may have heard or even been familiar with ‘mindfulness’ during the past couple years. It is the first word that probably pops up in our mind when we face difficulties and emotional stress arises from the pressure in making a decision. We keep saying “be mindful” to ourselves in order to stay firm before taking actions or just avoid difficult situations for a while.
Regardless of any leading positions we are in, being a leader always comes with bigger duties and greater responsibilities, and of course, it also comes with pressure and stress of having people seek to follow our leads. Hence, each decision and action needs to be accurate as it tremendously affects all stakeholders as a whole.
That is why we have seen world class leaders such as Marc Benioff; Salesforce CEO, and Jeff Weiner; LinkedIn CEO, mention about the perks of having mindfulness. Top global companies like Google and Nike also see the crucialness of mindfulness by hosting mindfulness workshops for employees as plenty of research shows positive correlations between mindfulness and working efficiency while lessen stress and build better mental health.
With the rising recognition of the mindfulness topic, worldwide business schools start to apply mindfulness into a 1-5 days special course including topics such as “Being Genuine Leader Through Mindfulness”, or “Mindful Communication Leads To Truly Impactful Conversations”. Hence, it is undeniably that “mindfulness” has become one of the crucial keys to become a great leader.
Here are the example of leader mindfulness that we can adapt and apply to self-improvement
- Staying focus at one thing in certain amount of time such as mediation will release stress
- Listening to other opinions with cautious and not judging others especially when their opinions are contradicted with ours
- Making decision based on logical aspect, rather than emotional ones
- Being more observer, but less in quick reaction towards situations
Viktor Frankl; the Neurologist and Psychologist, explains that “in between the correlation of stimulus and response, the body yields individuals in deciding how to react based on one's maturity and freedom”. Therefore, practising mindfulness helps ones to better manage stimulus reactions and cautiously react to any situations.
To excel at mindfulness, constant practise is a must. At B-Healthy, we have a team of mental health coaches and mindfulness coaches who are prompt to give services at all times. They are ready to assist you in achieving the continuity of mindfulness practise as well as consult about mental health programs to enable outgrow mindfulness in the long term.
Let’s be mindful together.