Mindfulness cultivates emotional intelligence.
When a leader is mindful, it manifests as empathy, compassion, and the ability to interpret a complex range of facial and bodily expressions.
This explains how many successful executives excel at forming alliances, negotiating contracts, building interpersonal relationships, and motivating team members.
Mindfulness meditation strengthens the brain regions involved in providing this type of emotionally attuned communication.
When woven into the fabric of organizational culture, mindfulness can impact financial performance and overall morale. It’s a critical aspect of any workplace.
How is mindfulness used in the workplace?
Mindfulness in the workplace can:
Reduce burnout and turnover
Hone interpersonal and decision-making skills
Improve focus and emotional intelligence
Reduce stress and anxiety
Resolve workplace conflict
mindful judgment and decision making
When the brain is in a state of stress, it is more likely to conserve energetic resources by relying on biases and heuristics to guide judgment and decision making. Mindfulness strengthens an individual’s ability to disengage from ego-concerns and make clearer, better quality choices. The practice can help you make smarter choices by knowing when to:
take time to pause, reflect and listen to your inner self
assess your own values and objectives
identify when a decision should be made
know when to gather more knowledge
avoid the irrational escalation from a previous bad decision (the sunk cost bias)
recognize the limits of your knowledge
learn the right lessons from experience