Stress Tip #188: Leading Mindfully

Whether you are an informal leader or a formal leader with a title, a fundamental quality of healthy, sustainable leadership is mindfulness. In this case, mindfulness is intentionally paying attention to the internal and external phenomena of oneself, of others, and of the environment. That is a lot to pay attention to, from the minute details of our shifting emotional states to the big picture of global ecology. Potentially, the leader’s attention could become scattered, so a regular discipline of focusing and relaxing helps both mind and body cope with the many demands. Great leaders set aside time for reflection and for rejuvenation, and they encourage their followers to do the same. What do you set aside time for?

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I will be conducting a “Summer Special,” a shorter, less-expensive 6-week series of Mindfulness-Based Stress and Pain Management sessions starting on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus, so please visit the UNC website for more information. Additionally, 90-minute refresher sessions are held on some first Saturdays.

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