Leaders across the globe feel that the unprecedented busyness of modern-day leadership makes them more reactive and less proactive. There is a solution to this hardwired, reactionary leadership approach: mindfulness. Mindfulness is a way of paying attention – in the present moment – to yourself, others and the world around you. Derived from the Buddhist meditative traditions it is now increasingly finding its way into secular contexts. Anyone can train in mindfulness and we now know that such training literally re-sculpts your brain.
Research has found that mindfulness training alters our brains and how we engage with ourselves, others, and our work. When practiced and applied, mindfulness fundamentally alters the operating system of the mind. Through repeated mindfulness practice, brain activity is redirected from ancient, reactionary parts of the brain, including the limbic system, to the newest, rational part of the brain, the prefrontal cortex.
Mindfulness gives you more insight into your emotions and it increases your level of attention and concentration. It’s been shown to help with stress, anxiety, depression and addictive behaviours and it has a positive effect on issues like hypertension, heart disease and chronic pain. It has also been shown to raise one’s level of emotional intelligence and improve relationships. Those completing a course of mindfulness training show significant improvements with respect to emotional intelligence, perceived stress and mental health compared to others.
Michael Chaskalson in his book, The Mindful Workplace, offers a practical and theoretical guide to the benefits of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in the workplace, describing the latest neuroscience research into the effects of mindfulness training and detailing an eight-week mindfulness training course. The book provides techniques which allow people in organisations to listen more attentively, communicate more clearly, manage stress and foster strong relationships. It includes a complete eight week mindfulness training course, specifically customised for workplace settings, along with further reading and training resources.
About the Author
Michael is a pioneer in the application of mindfulness in workplace and leadership contexts. He is the author of the agenda-setting book The Mindful Workplace and the bestselling Mindfulness in Eight Weeks.Based on his 40 years of personal practice of mindfulness and related disciplines, Michael now shares his insights and research with audiences worldwide as a keynote speaker, coach, consultant, and teacher. He works with global corporations and public sector organisations, as well as individuals, so that they better understand mindful leadership practices. Michael is founder and CEO of Mindfulness Works Ltd. and a Professor of Practice at Ashridge Business School, where he co-led ground-breaking research into the outcomes of a Mindful Leader training programme.
Michael will be speaking and hosting a masterclass on Mindfulness at The HR Congress in Brussels.