The leadership challenge
We’ve never experienced a more demanding, fast-paced and complex environment for leaders. To thrive as a leader in the 21st-century requires unprecedented leadership capacity and delivery. Mindfulness training can provide a foundation for a new model of leadership bringing benefits at the physical, emotional and cognitive levels as well as enhancing motivation and vision.
There are few practices that produce as many benefits on as many
levels (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual) as mindfulness and meditation.
What was once alternative is now coming into the mainstream.
Nick Petrie Senior Faculty, Center for Creative Leadership
Many leaders are struggling in the face of today’s challenges, with studies showing that Mindset Failure is the key reason that leaders fail: Mindset Failure (n). The gap between a leader’s Mental Complexity and Emotional Intelligence – and the environment they lead in. A perfect storm of increasing complexity, accelerating change, and constant uncertainty is upon on us…and it’s here to stay! Everything is interconnected. The world needs leaders who can deal with constant ambiguity, notice the key patterns amongst the noise, and look at the world through multiple stakeholder perspectives.
A new model of leadership
To develop and embody these leadership qualities, a new model of learning called Vertical Development has been identified by Harvard, Stanford and Cambridge as:
The #1 leadership challenge needed globally for the next ten years.
What is vertical development?
Vertical Development is the emerging area of leadership training. It is being used in a growing number of leading organisations as well as by Olympic
and professional athletes:
- Horizontal Development = Skills and competency development
- Vertical Development = Mindset transformation
It’s the difference between ‘adding apps’ to the system (horizontal), versus ‘upgrading your operating system’ (vertical).
What’s mindfulness got to do with it?
Mindfulness should no longer be considered a "nice-to-have" for self-regulation for executives. It's a "must-have": a way to keep our brains healthy, to support effective decision-making capabilities, and to protect ourselves from toxic stress.
Harvard Business Review, January 2015
The foundation from which vertical development or mindset growth arises is profoundly supported by mindfulness training - leading to benefits at the physical, emotional and cognitive levels as well as enhancing motivation and vision. Mindfulness training can -
increase your tolerance for ambiguity and change
cultivate your emotional intelligence
increase your capacity to lead change
increase your self awareness
enhance your clarity and creative thinking
become more receptive to what you most don’t know and may least want to see
offer yourself time: time for the rest of you, perhaps the best of you, to “catch up” with your accomplishments
move into deeper insight into business and social situations and their connection to wise livelihood and meaningful work
nourish your energy and sense of well-being
heighten your appreciation of what is really important
integrate your "doing" life with your "being" life
Power of Mindfulness Leadership Retreat
A Transformative Four-Day Retreat for Leaders and Innovators
We invite organisational leaders to explore mindfulness training in the context of leadership excellence. We are happy to be taking expressions of interest for this transformative four-day retreat to be held early in 2017.