Leadership Actualization – Business Intuition – Other Mindfulness Services
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.
But it’s an outside-in approach. Research is showing that it leaves people disconnected from themselves and often afraid they’ll be exposed as a fake or impostor.
True leadership is authentic. It’s inside-out. It starts with asking questions like ‘Who do you want to be as a leader?’ ‘What’s important to you?’ You can lead effectively only if you’re grounded in your own desires and leadership style—not someone else’s.
Good leaders want to see others succeed. In fact, they enjoy seeing people elevated. They lead from inspiration.
But – being able to elevate and inspire others to greater heights starts with elevating and inspiring yourself. It starts from the inside-out.
Deepening Intuition in Business and Leadership
Intuition has been coming out of the closet.
There was a time when leaders rarely spoke about their intuition, but today more and more CEOs, executives and other leaders are talking about the critical role intuition plays in their success.
Research is exploring intuition’s contribution to success. For example, 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.
Still, in a culture that values the hyper-rational, intuitive thinking skills often get dismissed. Not only is they under-used, but intuitive development is largely ignored compared to the money and effort put into the development of rational thinking skills.
Even those who rely on their intuition often haven’t spent much time understanding or developing it. One executive I spoke to summarized it like this: “I don’t really know what it is or where it comes from, but I do use it and rely on it. It seems to me that it’s an under-appreciated tool; also under analyzed.”
The bias toward the analytic keeps people (and companies) from capitalizing on their intuitive capabilities. Yet, it was never meant to be a tug of war between rational analysis and intuition. Both are required for clear thinking and accessing your highest levels of intelligence.
Indeed, the two work hand in hand: ANALYTICS + INTUITION = A GOOD MIND
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 haven’t invested in your intuitive development, then you’re leaving a lot of your cognitive abilities untapped. That’s not all you’re leaving untapped: intuitive capacities are central to a richer, juicier life.
Fortunately, the remedy is simple: start opening up dialogue around intuitive skills, and hone and develop your intuitive capacities by investing in good training.
So, go ahead, throw those closet doors open and let the light pour in.
Other Mindfulness Services
Higher Mindfulness: A Richer Quality of Working and Living
You’re high functioning and a life-long learner. You believe in living life to the fullest.
Probably you have a little renegade in you. You challenge the status quo in the world – and in yourself.
Yet, even though you’re successful and have a good life, there’s a lingering feeling of not being entirely at home in yourself or the world. A a sense of disconnection . A desire for more.
You want to maximize both who you are and your impact in the world. Sometimes you catch glimpses of greater possibilities. You want that. A deeper and juicier kind of living.
Corporate meditation – in the media and even in most training sessions – is portrayed as though it’s one thing, when, in fact, there are a variety of styles of meditation and even more awareness practices.
Without this knowledge, your opportunities to create a deeply transformative practice are hampered. And sometimes, practices can be even be detrimental in ways that you may not realize.
Meditation is not a one-size-fits-all.
With Higher Mindfulness, we change the approach. We start with your work and life goals – the areas where you’d like to see growth and the ones where you’re experiencing challenges. With those as your starting point, you can develop practices that suit you and your direction in life. The goal is for you to feel a new empowerment in your personal development.
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
- 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 interested, this is certainly something that can be discussed and experimented with.
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 you’d like to find out about more cutting edge stuff then you see here, contact me for a conversation.