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Mind the gap: Can mindfulness support effective leadership development

Development and Learning in Organizations

ISSN: 1477-7282

Article publication date: 3 July 2020

Issue publication date: 19 September 2020

Abstract

Purpose

How do you feel when you read the word ‘mindfulness’? For some, it will be a welcome reminder that they should be more mindful of everything that is going on inside and outside their heads, and lead almost instantly to a state of calm and heightened awareness – which is, of course, what is should do as that what the word and practice of mindfulness means. For others, however, reactions can vary widely. Some will be completely non-plussed having never read up on the subject, and for others, they may sneer at the latest wishy-washy, mumbo-jumbo that has started to fill up Facebook feeds and cards from Hallmark stores. And for a few, the reaction may be the very opposite of what is intended, reacting violently to a belief and state of mind they are predisposed to dislike intensely.

Design/methodology/approach

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Findings

How do you feel when you read the word ‘mindfulness’? For some, it will be a welcome reminder that they should be more mindful of everything that is going on inside and outside their heads, and lead almost instantly to a state of calm and heightened awareness – which is, of course, what is should do as that what the word and practice of mindfulness means. For others, however, reactions can vary widely. Some will be completely non-plussed having never read up on the subject, and for others, they may sneer at the latest wishy-washy, mumbo-jumbo that has started to fill up Facebook feeds and cards from Hallmark stores. And for a few, the reaction may be the very opposite of what is intended, reacting violently to a belief and state of mind they are predisposed to dislike intensely.

Originality/value

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Citation

(2020), "Mind the gap: Can mindfulness support effective leadership development", Development and Learning in Organizations, Vol. 34 No. 5, pp. 45-47. https://doi.org/10.1108/DLO-05-2020-0113

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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