To become a successful leader, you need to know yourself first. For how can you lead others, if you cannot take command of yourself as you should? If you wish to harness your leadership skills, “Smart Things to Know About” book series author and international speaker David Firth writes of three ways that can help you become an effective leader in an organisation. These are:
- By increasing self-awareness;
- By developing understanding, attitude and behaviour; and
- By having tools that challenge the status quo in your organisation.
The best way to do these is through mindfulness meditation. Self-awareness, known as one of the many benefits of meditation, helps you understand yourself, your attitudes and behaviour better. In meditation, you are forced to stop and reflect on the changes around you. You form observations on what has produced success in the past, and realise that the future holds challenges that may be different from those in the past. In the stillness of your mind, you can choose the tools you have to emerge successfully as a leader.
As you do your mindfulness meditation, think and reflect on some of these key principles about people that David Firth lists in his book “People Management”. Apply these to yourself. These will aid you to better understand yourself and people around you at work, making you more effective in leading others.
Principle 1: People live in time; mostly in the past, hopefully the future and, fleetingly, the present.
Determine where you are living right now. Is it in the present, or, are you living in the past? Remember that you cannot go into the future without facing the present and leaving the past.
Principle 2: Life is a product of the choices that people make every day.
Ascertain your choices because you will live with its consequences. Focus on what is good and you can’t go wrong.
Principle 3: People are living human beings.
As a live person, you change constantly with the waves of time. You must understand what makes you tick and how this affects you at work.
Principle 4: People are fundamentally creative creatures.
Creative differences are caused by differing ideas, tastes or ways of doing things. You can find a way to connect yours with others through communication.
Principle 5: People are desperate for recognition, acceptance and approval.
It is undeniable: you are a social being. No one can live alone. You also crave attention in its different forms. You just have to figure out what kind gratifies you, and others, most.
Principle 6: Life is difficult.
Stresses and stumbling blocks are normal at work. You have to relieve yourself of these with an effective method. Meditation at the office works, too.
Principle 7: The future only equals the past if people choose to make it so.
Future success, or failure, often depends on the leader and his skills. It is definitely your job as a leader to choose to make it happen.
So many business executives and leaders today are stressed; they go completely off the mark when dealing with the daily crises at work every day. They waste years of their working lives climbing corporate ladders and end up tired and wondering. Don’t miss the point of why you are at work today. Be mindful of your purpose to show others the way. Do this with mindfulness meditation.