By Juliet Adams

Part of Mindful Leadership For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Mindful leadership, simply described, is good leadership + mindfulness. Mindfulness can be defined as ‘the cultivation of metacognition (awareness of thoughts, emotions and sensations) to help you maintain an optimum mind state (open, calm, optimistic, energised)’.

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© Juliet Adams

When you are open, calm, optimistic and energised, you maximise your brain’s ability to function at its peak, which in turn helps you to be the best leader you can be.

This may sound deceptively simple, but remaining calm, open and energised when under pressure is a skill that needs conscious cultivation. The good news is that with a little time and effort, you can develop this skill. Attending taught workplace-focused mindfulness programmes, like WorkplaceMT, help you develop valuable skills to survive and thrive, whatever life throws at you.

Programmes like WorkplaceMT harness the power of neuroplasticity (your brain’s ability to reorganise itself by forming new neural connections throughout your life) to help you hardwire into your brain new ways of approaching, exploring and responding to life. For this reason, mindfulness training programmes are normally six to eight weeks in duration, as this duration is necessary to implement the changes you desire into your brain.