Unveiling Purposeful Leadership: Investing In Our Own Well-Being
There is more pressure now than ever before on leaders at all levels, particularly those who oversee other employees in the workplace. Work is changing fast, as well as the world around it, and people are increasingly reliant on their direct managers and senior leadership to make sense of their context, within and beyond the organization. This is a weighty responsibility that few of us were properly trained for, particularly given the dynamism of our age. It also provides massive opportunities for impact and fulfillment as professionals, and can become a differentiator for our organization.
There are six Spheres of Impact in which we can invest to rise to this challenge, leading purposefully to generate wellbeing for our teams, our companies, and the world around us. But among the six, the Self Sphere is the cornerstone, encapsulating the essence of physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual well-being. As leaders embark on the journey of mindful leadership, this Sphere becomes the compass guiding them towards holistic health and success.
Mindfulness: A Prerequisite
At the nucleus of the Self Sphere lies mindfulness, a practice with the potential to revolutionize our effectiveness as leaders. Whether through meditation, outdoor activities, or other personalized methods, mindfulness becomes the catalyst for self-discovery and resilience. It’s simply a prerequisite to develop mindfulness practices that keep you connected to your current status and needs. And bring you back there quickly when you are inevitably thrown off.
A Blueprint for Holistic Health
The path to purposeful leadership entails strategic investments of time, attention, energy, and to some extent, money, in each element of the Self Sphere:
1. Physical Well-being: Grounded in the basics of sufficient sleep, balanced nutrition, and regular physical activity, leaders can maintain resilience and vitality.
2. Intellectual Satisfaction: An equilibrium between competence and continuous learning ensures leaders remain fulfilled and satisfied in their roles.
3. Emotional Resilience: A robust sense of self and nourishing interpersonal connections lay the foundation for emotional…