Mindful leadership is leading from the inside out. It starts with being able to uncover who you actually are so you can authentically lead. This is the only way to build trust. And, it’s where mindfulness comes into play.
With a mindfulness practice, we train our minds to recognize when our attention drifts, and develop the ability to bring it back to the present. It’s about getting out of our heads and back into the experience that is right in front of us. If you are having a team meeting with your players, and answering texts in the middle of it, you are not present. This is also where trust is eroded. Why? Because you are telling your player that their time is not important to you. And if your time is not important to them, then their time will not be important to you.
With presence, we are giving people our full and undivided attention – something that is extremely hard to find these days. When we do this we show others maybe the single most important trait of leadership – that we care. In this day of constant connectivity, we are being pulled in more directions than ever. Which makes it increasingly important to train our minds to bring our attention back to what’s right in front of us – that project, meeting or conversation. The things in front of us are really the only things that we can control.
Mindful Leadership: Uncovering Authenticity, Giving Attention and Building Trust was originally published by Mike Lee, Founder and CEO of Thrive3, at https://www.trainthrive3.com/blog/.
Thrive3 is a basketball training organization which aims to create game-changing experiences that crossover from the court to life. It focuses on building relationships with players in order to develop the mind, body and skills to thrive on game day, and longer after hanging up their jersey. Thrive3 develops people — not just players. Learn more about Thrive3 at https://www.trainthrive3.com. Schedule a mindfulness workshop for your team, or check out current events like Point Guard Academy, Shooting Lab, Essentials Camp and more. Follow on social: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
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