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6 Key Skills to Leading Change

Written by Kristin Levanovich on October 7th, 2012

At the core of mindfulness is the ability to be aware of your experience and accept it, whatever it might be. What does this have to do with leadership? Read on to find out.

Leading change is far from easy. It requires confidence with facing the unknown, willingness to shift away from what is comfortable, and a change in behavior and expectations. Research has and is being done on how mindfulness impacts leadership. One key area where the Aikens Approach believes mindfulness to be especially beneficial is in change management. So far the literature has shown that mindfulness training helps develop the below skill set. As you can see, each of these skills is strongly linked to effective change management. Which of them do you have and which could you stand to improve?

Emotional Intelligence: Mindfulness training affects areas of the brain involved with regulating emotion, attention, memory, learning and awareness. Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Improving your E.Q. through mindfulness could have direct benefits to managing change.

Communication: Mindfulness focuses on developing careful attentiveness both to oneself and the presence and feelings of others. An effective communicator that understands the needs of his or her audience is going to have a much better time paving the way than one that can’t reach out to others.

Empathy: Mindfulness focuses on the ability to stand back from one’s own thoughts, which aids in a better understanding of and connection with others. As a general rule of thumb, the more that people like and connect with you, the easier it is to get things accomplished in large organizations.

Non-Judgmental Awareness: This is a core concept taught in mindfulness. It means learning how to step back from a situation and observe its details without judging it to be good or bad. This sort of thinking can lead to objective, unbiased decision making.

Creative Thinking: Mindfulness is about trying to see things as if for the first time. This mental attitude may prepare the way for creative, “out-of-the-box” thinking. Leading change often requires transitioning sources of conflict into creative solutions and potential.

Openness to New Experience: Mindfulness teaches the ability to accept uncertainty and different situations with a sense of curiosity and heightened awareness. Leading change is nothing if not a new experience. The more open you can learn to be, the smoother of a transition it will be for you and everyone on your team.

Looking to learn more? Reach us on our contact page and we would be happy to supply you with the research that backs up mindfulness as a key element in leadership.

Kristin Levanovich

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