Mindfulness Key Ingredient of Leadership
In a recent article about mindfulness as a key strategy for optimal leadership, I was pleased to find tips that exemplify the integration of biomimicry, design thinking, behavioral science, and meditation that Alchemus Prime offers to clients.
Below I summarize and paraphrase these tips for how leaders can be more effective by practicing mindfulness, and include one or more of Alchemus Prime’s four areas of integration relevant to each tip, in parentheses:
- Be fully present and focused on the current conversation (meditation);
- Practice a grounding 2-minute meditation prior to important conversations (meditation);
- Practice “beginner’s mind” i.e. don’t assume you know everything, and don’t judge (design thinking, meditation);
- Listen with empathy (design thinking);
- Respond with compassion (meditation);
- Release the need to be an expert, be humble and vulnerable (biomimicry, design thinking, meditation);
- Listen more than you talk (biomimicry, design thinking, behavioral science, meditation);
- Check in with each person in a meeting to see how they are doing emotionally (meditation, behavioral science, design thinking, biomimicry)
In short, mindfulness is a critical component of good leadership, and Alchemus Prime’s four areas of integration can get us there in a more robust fashion, with science-based tools.