Great Mindful Leaders Do This

We are so busy teaching leaders ‘what they need to know’ that we’ve lost sight on the single biggest thing that gives a leader the edge to overcome obstacles in the face of demise, thrive even more in the aura of success, and uncover the hidden elements that limit accomplishment.

Strong leaders have a dimension that doubtful leaders do not – they know, develop and nurture who they are by handling their own discomfort. Only when they can solve the puzzle of indecision can they have the unwavering certainty that leads to confidence.

Knowing Who You Are

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Boost Your Self Believe

Your success as a leader hinges on knowing who you are, no matter where you are seated at the table. Certainty comes from finally facing the roaring inferno you have been turning away from.

This means you might have to admit that you need to listen better, understand how your behavior is a result of what you aren’t facing and stop expecting outcomes that are tied to a shallow vision.

Arrogance is not Confidence

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Improve Your Self Confidence

Arrogance is making decisions without thinking. Leaders can err too much on the passive side as well. Thinking you can win the war by letting the soldiers lead themselves is just delusional.

Build Confidence

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Build Your Confidence

So what are the tools that build confidence? The concept is simple. The execution is harder. Don’t do. Just be. Every innovative thing that was ever created was an abstract concept in its infancy.

Mindful Practice

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Practice Meditation

In business you know that measuring results is not the only metric for success. You have to know the drivers of those results – the things to eliminate and the things to underscore for the best return on investment. Mindful daily practices are the best drivers for a leader.

Great Mindful Leaders Do This:

  • Say ‘thank you’ when they hear a difficult feedback.
  • They don’t allow a bad outcome define them.
  • They know “Done” is better than “Perfect.”
  • They follow every “Want” with “How?”
  • They do not allow emotion to rule their behavior.
  • They learn to question themselves and address the issues bothering them.
  • They handle a difficult team effectively.
  • They use story-telling instead of directives to motivate.
  • They understand that real service means serving not only your customers but those above you, below you, around you and in your community.
  • They know when you have a repeated problem the first course of action is identifying the pattern – then finding a sustainable solution.
  • They act.
  • They listen with an open mind.
  • They reach out in empathy.
  • They maintain a “To-Do” list and check them off when done.
  • They know their weakness.
  • They follow a de-stressing daily regime – sports, meditation, prayer, music, yoga etc.
  • They know their signature value and capitalize on it.
  • They uphold their company culture and establish clear rules and regulations.
  • They understand that the biggest motivators of human behavior are the promise of an outcome and the fear of losing something they care about.
  • They prioritize building trust.
  • They set boundaries for themselves because the higher you go, the fewer supports you have to keep you focused.
  • They invite reinvention from their colleagues.

ByMary Lee Gannon

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