Mindful Leaders Know Their Capacity

Mindful leaders know their capacity. We should know what we're capable of and obviously what we're not capable of. We all have a level of capacity that if breached, at least lowers our operating potential, and at worst can lead to a dangerous cycle into stress and burnout. We're all capable of working hard for a certain amount of time. I work with some particularly strong-minded entrepreneurs have an incredible amount of resilience and strength, but even they have their limitations. If we're aware of our capacity we can manage it appropriately, which leads to long term effectiveness, consistency and sustainability.

It's good to be mindful of life’s seasons and the priorities that inevitably accompany them. Apparently, there are important things outside of work, or at least that’s what I’ve heard. I had 20 years of lots of travel and rescuing businesses, some in an incredibly distressed state, geographically spread and in need of urgent attention. Life was...

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Mindful Leaders: An Introduction

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Today I'd like to talk about mindful leaders; this is the start of a new series. I want to explore why it is important for leaders to be mindful; mindful of themselves, mindful of others, and mindful of the environment they operate in. Matt Tenney described a simple mantra for inspiring, effective, mindful leadership: “Cultivate peace of mind and go about doing good.”

If we as leaders go about our business not being mindful of ourselves, others, and the environment, we are operating on assumptions that are not necessarily true. Whilst most of us don't deliberately ignore what is happening around us, or even within ourselves, our busy lives, deadlines and the inevitable see of emails , DMs and calls, make us so reactive, that we don't take time to consider the ramifications of our actions. This can manifest in us not managing ourselves well, the misunderstanding of others, and a failure to see the environment shifting and changing which it is inevitably...

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