Why Mindfulness Deserves a Place in Your Leadership Training

It seems like something you’d hear while meditating during yoga class: Mindfulness teaches us to be present and deliberate in choice and action. But mindfulness has made its way from the yoga mat to the office in some organizations, and the benefits have been significant and even scientifically proven. The shift to soft skills as part of leadership training should encourage mindfulness, so it’s worth understanding why keeping mindfulness on your mind could make all the difference.

Mind Over Matter

The term mindfulness can be ambiguous and mean different things for different people, but in general, it means slowing down, being deliberate, and taking the time to weigh options and avoid knee-jerk reactions or habitual actions. After all, how many leadership choices are made because “that’s how it’s always been done,” or because the leader harbors unconscious bias based on education, upbringing, and generation?

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