Mindfulness is the missing component in organizational development. In this day and age we have become accustomed to filling the in-boxes and our minds with information. We have forgotten the practice of stillness that brings us in touch with our deepest wisdom. We have forgotten that human-beings are not human-doings. We need time to pay attention, connect, self-regulate and reflect.
The greatest instrument we have is our mind, and our mind needs to be taught the art of focus. Spending time on more information and courses at work, will not guarantee anything if your mind is not in the room. We never count in absenteeism figures those moments where employees are there in the workplace but simply not present.
Learning to be present is something that needs to be cultivated and practiced. A mindful leader is one who is able to create a workspace where people feel valued. This is quality is becoming more written about in the current leadership literature. In the book “Resonant Leadership”, mindfulness, together with hope and compassion are listed as the qualities necessary to sustain success as a leader in today’s high-stress workplace.
Leaders and corporates may be missing, the qualities that are pivotal to surviving and thriving in the corporate world.