Mindfulness meditation helps leaders develop emotional self-control: but what is this and how does it contribute to a better leadership style?
Besides reducing one’s levels of stress, anxiety, depression, mindfulness meditation increases self-awareness. As you develop and deepen your own practice of self-awareness, your level of consciousness will grow, and allow you to experience more joy and purpose beyond your daily tasks and responsibilities.
Mindfulness is especially helpful with the development of emotional self-control because it enables a heightened self-observation capability. This cultivates awareness of the sequence of internal events that occur as you process sensory input. Developing awareness of this process leads to a more functional understanding of the way your feeling influence the quality of your interaction with others.
Emotional Self-Control is the ability to control impulsive behaviours, set apart negative emotions and not be overly reactive in stressful situations. It also relates to your ability to remain positive in all workplace interactions.
The benefits for leaders
Leaders reporting improvements in Emotional Self-Control experience a profoundly positive effect in their leadership style, with:
Significant improvement in team engagement
Reduction of emotionally influenced bias
Less interpersonal conflict
More effective management of problems and crises
Improved communication with colleagues and teams.
Moreover, leaders also experience an improvement in their personal leadership capabilities, as:
Faster cognitive recovery from stressful experiences
Greater ability to accept unsatisfactory circumstances and move forward
Improved management of depression and anxiety
Increased workplace productivity