Leadership: Lead from place of abundance

Q. How can I be a mindful and effective leader?
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

A. Mindfulness has been gaining popularity in many circles from factories to retail experiences. When we think of mindful leaders, some of the great ones include Ghandi, Jim Rohn and Zig Ziglar. All were teachers of servant leadership and generosity, expressing gratitude for what we have rather than want for what we lack. Mindfulness teaches us to live in the moment and be present in all that we are doing. We lead from a point of where we are, rather than where we’ve been or where we could be. 
As an industry, we have experienced much loss with greater regulation. It is important to seek out what we can be grateful for, including the fact that we are survivors. Despite all the changes and challenges, we are still here. There is an answer to whatever challenge you may be facing. Look for that which you want more of. The saying goes that we attract that which we think about, so think about what you want and where you want to be, not what you are attempting to avoid or hide from.
Where will we lead those who chose to follow us today? How will we positively impact the lives of others today? What actions can we take that inspire others to do the same and offer the servant’s heart when caring for our customers?
As a leader, it is your role to lead from a place of abundance. Focus on giving, not getting; serving, not ruling. Be present in thought when discussing where you will lead your business. Be present in body and thought when speaking with employees about their concerns or fears. Be swift to praise and reward others who demonstrate the servant leadership you have modeled. Mindful leaders help to calm others, remove judgment and strengthen ties that bind their team together. hme
Kelly Franko is owner of Advantage Training & Coaching Solutions. Reach her at kelly.franko@aol.com.