The purpose of this viewpoint is to bring attention to the application of mindfulness to those who lead and make decisions.
This paper focuses attention on both the leader as an individual as well as on the task at hand. Companies such as Deutsche Bank, Apple Inc, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, Starbucks and KPMG use this technique and universities like Harvard advocate on its behalf.
Being mindful can profoundly influence the ethos and culture of an organisation as well as those at the centre of it who take the first step. It can shift the balance from feeling controlled to that of being focused and aware of how we manage our own minds and the impact of our decisions on individuals, organisations and services.
This paper is important to any individual in a position of leadership, or for any organisation in considering how to formulate its approach to leadership and management. It also more broadly addresses the need for individuals to learn to take a mindful approach to understanding their own development needs, which will ensure a healthy relationship between leaders and their teams.
The paper will be of value to those in positions of leadership and management in various organisations, as well as students and academics of leadership practices.
Rezek, C. (2012), "A mind to manage", International Journal of Leadership in Public Services, Vol. 8 No. 1, pp. 33-38. https://doi.org/10.1108/17479881211230655Download as .RIS
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