Crystals. Shamans. Dream catchers. Nehru jackets.
Those are the images some leaders conjure up when you mention the word meditation.
“That’s a little too woo-woo for me,” they say. “I really don’t have time for 60s hippy stuff. I have real pressure to deal with.”
Yes, as a leader, you do have real pressure to deal with. Which is exactly why you should count meditation as one of your most important leadership skills.
Look, if you think of meditation as…
- … sitting cross-legged in a lotus position…
- … with incense burning…
- … chanting “Ommmmm…
- … while listening to Ravi Shankar play the sitar…
… then you may have a little trouble resolving that with “serious leadership skill.”
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“Yes! That’s what I’ve been looking for! Sign me up!”
Well — and you probably saw this coming — that tool is meditation.
One of the biggest reasons people (and remember: leaders are people too!) choke under pressure is because their minds (specifically the pre-frontal cortex) get flooded with extraneous thoughts and worries.
- “What if I don’t do well?”
- “My entire career is riding on this!”
- “Don’t choke. Don’t choke. DON’T CHOKE!”
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Still not convinced? Well, don’t just take my word for it (although I’m a little hurt by your reticence). Here’s what some other world-class leaders (just like you!) have to say:
Robert Stiller, Founder of Green Mountain Coffee
“If you have a meditation practice, you can be much more effective in a meeting … Meditation helps develop your abilities to focus better and to accomplish your tasks.”
Rick Goings, CEO of Tupperware
“It’s a practice that not only burns off stress but gives me fresh eyes to clarify what’s reallyt going on and what really matters.”
Steve Rubin, former CEO of United Fuels International
“Meditation is a competitive advantage in the business world … I have the mental clarity and alertness for both laser-like focus on the details as well as broad comprehension.”
And here’s the really cool part: this extraordinarily valuable leadership tool will cost you practically nothing! Ten to twenty minutes a day, and maybe the cost of a smartphone app. Here are just a few of the popular ones:
Bottom line: Meditation isn’t just for hippies! It’s for serious leaders who are under pressure and want to produce great results.
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