Five principles to achieving mindful leadership…
In my ongoing series regarding Mindful Leadership, here are five key principles to achieving it, according to Pandit Dasa with Workhuman.
1. Lead by example: Working along side your team whenever necessary or possible builds trust and loyalty while setting a positive example of how things should be done.
2. Appreciate and Recognize: As leaders we must always address situations when things go wrong which is, in part, why it is equally important to recognize when things go right and show appreciation for those who made it happen.
3. Lead with Humility: This does not mean you think less of yourself, but rather you think of yourself less. Be open to feedback. Identify your own weaknesses and know when to ask for help.
4. Communicate with Compassion: Be aware of your own emotions and take a step back before charging into the room or firing off that angry email. Remember words have impact. Take into consideration the other emotions floating around.
5. Balance your emotions: Taking a step back and hitting pause-while conducting some deep breathing-will better equip you to resolve situations more effectively. Curate a resolution based on facts and expertise rather than emotion.
In writing for Inc. magazine Jeff Steen discovered a sixth principle when interviewing Pepsi’s former CEO who shared the secret to her success. Indra Nooyi, CEO for PepsiCo between 2016 and 2019 when the company became the number one manufacturer of non-alcoholic beverages in the U.S., advocated:
“Whatever anybody says or does, assume positive intent. This raises your emotional quotient and builds incredible bonds” She insisted, adding, “As a leader this is what gets people — not employees — to follow you.
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