I read this interesting Harvard Business Review article recently about the importance of being present with the people you work with. This makes complete sense, as we can almost always tell when we are with someone but they are not mentally there or fully paying attention. If you do this too often, it is sure to damage the relationships you have with your colleagues.
The article notes one director, “(Who) came to understand that, even though he was in the same room with someone, he wasn’t always fully present. He let himself become preoccupied with other activities or let his mind drift to other things. And, most of all, he’d listen to his inner voice when someone was talking. Because of his lack of presence, people felt unheard and frustrated.”
A consistent Mindfulness practice is a great way to avoid this and strength your ability to be fully present. In addition, as the article states, “Research also suggests that there’s a direct correlation between a leader’s Mindfulness and the well-being and performance of their people. In other words, the more a leader is present with their people, the better they will perform.”
This practice will likely help you, personally, perform better as well. The chief people officer at the Lego Group, Loren Shuster, likes to complete a grounding technique before any important presentations or meetings. She says, “This grounding technique helps me clear my mind, recharge my energy, strengthen my instincts, and calm my emotions.”
For more information check out the full article – https://hbr.org/2017/12/if-you-aspire-to-be-a-great-leader-be-present
Wishing you success in all aspects of life,
Founder and President
Smart Health Wellness and Performance