Benefit of mindful leadership: for a better, mindful tomorrow

by Christian Kurmann

The world, in its current a state of turmoil, needs a better type of leadership.



Managerial ideas are now evolving into the practice of mindful leadership, a leadership style of consultation from the inside out, rather than from the top down. There are a number of benefits.


Mindful leadership resolves group conflict

and assists in steering the world and future generations to a better place. Using a combination of business and leadership skills, together with his or her mind-training experience, a leader can guide groups of people to reach accord and thus resolve dissonance. Leaders from all types of organisations – be they business, government, NGOs or education – can cultivate such leadership in the context of more and more people calling for effective and meaningful guidance.


The use of mindful leadership can help to defuse global crises

and steer societies towards a better tomorrow for future generations. Today’s leaders may be perpetrating injustices that may lead to hardship for future generations. Current Western value systems are also at fault as, from the outside, they may seem civilised, yet they are, in fact, based on exclusion.  The alternative approach of mindful leadership involves creating an economy that utilises a fair competitive process, resulting in access and distribution for all.


Mindful leadership could help us live in a better way,

one that does not focus solely on acquisition. It should assist us in questioning how we really want to live and work – and not to continue to blindly accept the validity of current mass communications. On a smaller scale, for example, a mindful leader will notice during difficult conversations that people have a propensity to react without thinking, to be negatively affected by too much information and to focus too strongly on a particular situation when they are under stress.


Peaceful group resolution is encouraged

within a flexible framework of individual introspection, thought preceding action, examination of personal bias, and attempts to reach group resolution while at the same time dealing with difficult, even chaotic, interactions. Within complex contexts, groups are encouraged to accept ambiguity and different viewpoints – and the very real fact that a solution might not be readily available at that particular time. So a person is taught to exercise patience so as to obtain clarity on their best responses.

One of the precepts of the mindful leadership model is the use intuition with regard to gaining “empathic prosperity”. By using intuition in decision-making, executives and organisations can flourish in a sustainable environment of mindfulness.


There are many other benefits of mindful leadership:

the encouragement of innovation; the improvement to thought processes; and the reduction of errors in strategic decision-making. Those who are taught this form of leadership also learn to listen not only to themselves but also to others, to put work first and to be attentive to the present moment, and not to place too much focus on the past or the future.


The other strong points of mindful leadership

include the ability to hold the attention of employees in meetings, to teach people effective means of communication (in both normal and stressful situations), to delay decision-making until clarity is gained, and to be able to focus on any given project from beginning to end.

Mindful leaders will also recognise that their leadership style, which embraces self-awareness and compassion for others, serves not only groups but the whole of mankind. Their attitude inspires people to transform their lives, communities and organisations.

Injustice cannot be a model for success. Society will ultimately reject it. Voices are being raised and resolute responses made against all forms of injustice. Mindful leadership can, through its use of inclusive processes, spearhead change for the better.


Christian Kurmann