Leadership Actualization – Innovation – Intuition – Next Level Mindfulness
An Internet search yields article after article outlining must-have leadership attributes.
Here are some examples:
- 10 Traits of High-Performing Leaders
- 8 Essential Qualities That Define Great Leadership
- 21 Most Compelling Qualities of Great Leaders
- 5 Ways To Be A Conscious Leader
- 5 Non-negotiable Attributes of Visionary Leadership
- 7 Must Have Transformational Leadership Qualities
- and (my personal favorite) 101 Best Leadership Skills, Traits & Qualities – The Complete List
There are hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of recommended attributes (often contradictory) that you’re told to adopt as a leader.
That’s how leadership training generally works. Someone comes with a list of must-have traits. Maybe they develop it by interviewing leaders. Or doing research. Or maybe they put it together from top of head.
However, they do it, they then arrive at your organization with list in hand to share it with you and your team – telling you that you’ll be a great leader if you can just develop these must-have attributes.
Dr. Lance Secretan, a leadership development expert, says we’ve failed at leadership development: “We spend about a hundred seventy billion a year in North America, there are 200,000 books on Amazon.com, every university business school is marketing some kind of leadership program, there are consultants from coast to coast marketing and selling leadership, and think about it, leadership is broken everywhere whether it’s Washington, Ottawa, healthcare, corporate America, the police, the Roman Catholic Church, the home, you name it. There’s no place you can point to where we have successfully pulled off the whole idea of leadership.”
Leadership training is broken.
Sure, with enough will power, you might be able to adopt some of the ‘must-have’ characteristics and see improvement.
You can lead effectively only if you’re grounded in your own desires and leadership style—not someone else’s.
Leading from the inside-out is about deepening your expression as a leader:
- Learning to hold your own energy, even under difficult circumstances.
- Increasing awareness and challenging paradigms to get off the autopilot hamster wheel
- Developing better perception of interpersonal interactions for improved conflict management and people management
- Learning to fill your own cup first to avoid burnout and so you have more then just a trickle to give
- Reducing inner struggle; breaking free of negative emotions that dog you to reduce self-doubt and free up energy, time and mental clarity
- Developing self-compassion so that compassion for others flows from you naturally (and with healthy boundaries)
- Breaking free of the in-the-present myth and learning about different brain states and your subconscious and connecting to them for your advantage
Being able to elevate and inspire others to greater heights starts with elevating and inspiring yourself. It starts from the inside-out.
Innovation is often touted as an essential skill in today’s business world.
Creativity and innovation come from a good brain, which means using your brain differently from the average person.
That includes understanding mental traps that keep us stuck, knowing your personal biases, digesting emotions and learning which meditations and brain states enhance creativity.
As a leader, your thinking skills underly everything you do. Where your thinking is lacking, your results will be lacking.
Senior leaders are called on to make decisions constantly. High-quality logic, reason, strategy and tactical abilities are essential.
Yet, there’s much more then that when it comes to clear and creative thinking – to balanced thinking. Research is suggesting that the most successful leaders also rely on intuitive skills.
There are probably several good reasons for this. For one, your subconscious mind can process knowledge much faster than your conscious awareness. It can also perceive information below your conscious awareness. And it plays a large role in out-of-the-box thinking and innovation.
Studies have found that the importance of intuition increases for senior leaders. One study found that 81% of CEOs with high intuition scores doubled their business in 5 years, while only 25% of those with low intuition scores did the same.
Yet, managers promoted to senior roles often lack intuitive skills. The technical and rational skills that served well in middle management aren’t enough at higher leadership, where increasingly you’re dealing with more complexity and uncertainty and, often, limited information. Those are the types of situations where intuition carries the day.
Unfortunately, there’s a lot of fear and confusion around intuition, which is a result of both not understanding what it is and defining it too narrowly.
Intuition is simply another way of gaining information – or, perhaps better stated, as other methods of gaining information. It speaks a different language – fortunately, one that can be learned and developed.
In addition, the things that improve intuitive capacity also bolster your left-brain thinking skills as you learn to recognize biases and use your whole brain.
Particularily in the Western world, in particular, a lot of effort is put into developing rational thinking, while intuitive skill development is pretty much ignored. That leaves our thinking capacities unbalanced and underdeveloped and can result in increasingly rigid thinking as we age. Developing the right brain is restorative and gives us access to more information.
That’s why leaders who develop their full range of thinking skills lead the pack. They’re able to function at higher levels with more dimension and power to make decisions, solve problems and guide organizational change.
If you’re interested in finding out more, please connect via the contact page or phone.
There are a lot of possibilities to further meditation benefits.
A different perspective starts with conversation about altered states of consciousness and peak experiences and what those do for you.
In addition, setting an intentional practice starts with you considering the outcomes you want to achieve (all meditations are not equal). What are your aspirations? What challenges would you like to overcome? What areas do you want to grow in?
Starting from what you want to achieve results in a deeper practice and greater transformation.
We explore meditation and other mindfulness practices in a highly hands-on, interactive and experiential manner. There are loads of options we can cover together; a few examples include:
- the strengths and limitations of various styles including associated brain states
- how to develop goals for your practice (connecting life goals to a practice)
- the relationship of various styles to your goals
- why certain practices may not be right for you
- what grounding is (along with a demonstration that allows you to experience first-hand the difference it can make)
- how to tweak common corporate meditation practices like meditation of the breath to enhance your results
- other mindfulness practices to change your brain (and life)
- corporate mindfulness has been popularized as a secular practice, but many people yearn for a connection to something greater than themselves and eliminating this component can mean that meditations are less transformative than what is possible. So, if there’s interest, this is a fun area to explore.
No matter whether you’re a complete beginner or a seasoned meditator (and especially if you’ve struggled with meditation in the past), you’ll come away with a much deeper understanding of meditation and the ability to take it to the next level for yourself.
If this interests you, contact me for a conversation.