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How leaders can “up their game” by learning mindfulness practices

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Source: Mindfulness in Organizations (Edited by Jochen Reb and Paul W. B. Atkins, 2015)

Note: See “Long Version” for references citations for each finding.


TEAMS

  • More effective TEAM MANAGEMENT and INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION

  • Improved INTER-PERSONAL RELATIONS

  • Decreases MISCOMMUNICATIONS

  • Helps individuals to DISCERN A COWORKERS NEGATIVE AFFECT, which helps a leader TAKE ACTION BEFORE NEGATIVE EMOTIONS ESCALATE.

  • Increases EMPATHY and SELF AWARENESS, which generates AUTHENTICITY and GENERATES CONCERN FOR OTHERS, leading to HIGHER TRUST

  • Increases SOCIAL CONNECTEDNESS that follows from empathy

  • Enhances EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE (sensory, perceptual, and self-regulatory components)



DECISION MAKING

  • Enhances STRATEGIC DECISION MAKING and INTUITION

  • Increased capacity to PROCESS SITUATIONS from a VARIETY OF PERSPECTIVES and to DELEGATE DECISIONS rather than spend time on less important issues.

  • May prevent PREMATURE and NARROW PROBLEM DEFINITION

  • Reduces NEGATIVITY BIAS

  • Is negatively associated with OVERCONFIDENCE

  • Through its link with UNBIASED INFORMATION PROCESSING can help decision makers BECOME MORE AWARE of UNCERTAINTY.

  • As mindfulness is associated with BETTER EMOTIONAL and BEHAVIORAL REGULATION ,it may also help decision makers to FORGO IMMEDIATE GRATIFICATION for HIGHER FUTURE BENEFITS.



CHANGE

  • The safe, non-judgmental, and compassionate environment cultivated by mindfulness activates neural systems that ALLOW INDIVIDUALS to LEARN and ADAPT to DEMANDS of the situation

  • Increases CAPACITY to LEARN and CHANG

  • Enhances READINESS for CHANGE



INNOVATION and CREATIVITY

  • Improves individual’s PEREPTION CUES that allow for a shift in consciousness from goal to process, which opens up opportunities for CREATIVITY, which encourages EXPLORATION of MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES and to ATTEND TO INFOMATION HOLISTICALLY

  • Increases the POSSIBILITIES that a new approach will be discovered.



COGNITIVE

  • Promotes COGNITIVE FLEXIBILITY, OPEN MINDEDNESS, and RESPONSE FLEXIBIL

  • Better DISCERMENT AMONG OPTIONS and DECISIONS that align with org values and goals

  • Promotes PRIORITIZATION of key assignments and appropriate attention to relevant knowledge

  • Focuses cognitive process so we MORE ACCURATELY ASSESS the PRESENT MOMENT and RESPOND SKILLFULLY and EFFECTIVELY instead of reactively and habitually.

  • Decreased use of AUTOMATIC COGNITIVE PROCESSES and HABITUAL REACTIONS

  • Improves ATTENTION and CONCENTRATION

  • Reduces NEGATIVE EFFECTS of MULTI-TASKING



EMOTIONS

  • Instills an AWARENESS of and INCREASED TOLERANCE for EXPERIENCING a VARIETY of EMOTIONS – The ability to pause and slow down before acting

  • Improves COPING MECHANISMS and CULTIVATES FASTER RECOVERY from negative events

  • Reduces the NEGATIVE IMPACTS OF SHAME thereby increasing one’s ABILITY TO ENDURE THROUGH CHALLENGES

  • Allows professionals to ACCEPT THEMSELVES and THEIR MISTAKES and not shame or blame, reducing creativity, innovation, and learning

  • Increases SELF COMPASSION leading to higher sense of WELL BEING

  • Decreases REACTIVITY

  • Allows us to observe and interpret emotional experiences without judgment

  • Helps us manage highly reactive thoughts and feelings before they overtake behavior and enables individuals to recover more quickly from failure or criticism



STRESS and HEALTH

  • Teaches employees how to MANAGE THEIR OWN STRESS

  • Significantly increases capacity to COPE with STRESS and increases their SENSE of WELL BEING

  • Enhances PHYSICAL and MENTAL HEALTH

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