It is barely possible to read the day’s news without being touched by a description of a global or regional issue reaching near-critical tipping points. Some of these issues speak to human suffering in our own backyards, and some remind us, if we are attentive, that suffering halfway around the world still affects our own backyards. It seems there is a lack of leadership and innovation to meet these growing concerns. Or is there?Read more »
Many years ago, I was told that a teacher learns more from her student than the student learns from the teacher. This has certainly proven to be true in my experiences as a teacher, whether I was teaching business law, fourth graders or mindful leadership. And, as importantly, I have noticed that when I am open to the full experience of the moment, the lesson offered is exactly what I needed to learn.Read more »
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”— John Q. Adams
A few weeks back, I came across the quote above. Written so long ago, it was a reminder that the role of leadership, at its core, does not change. At all times it is about connectivity, knowing ourselves well enough to understand the impact, positive and negative, that we have on others. And it is about having the intention to make the spaciousness in the day to better understand and to connect more deeply with ourselves and with those around us.
“You must be before you can give.” - Elie Wiesel, commencement speech, Washington University at St Louis, 2011
Spring and early summer is a season of graduations, of new beginnings, of young people hearing inspiring words from society’s leaders. I was in attendance at just such a gathering this May and had the privilege of listening to a convocation speech from Elie Wiesel. He shared some stories from his lifelong quest to defend those unable to defend themselves, his life of giving of himself through his writing and his notoriety. And, he shared an observation that “you must be before you can give.”
Is there such a thing as “mindful leadership”? Can this training of the mind be an ally for the increasingly complex challenges of leading?
And, what is “mindful leadership”? The word “mindful” in everyday language is not new. It is often used as a warning about something that may be dangerous, or unexpected. For example, one might be told to be mindful of the foreign traffic rules. But as it applies to leaders, being mindful is less about paying attention to external elements, and more about paying attention to what is happening “inside.”Read more »