Mindful Leading

mindful leadership

by Julie Delene, Best Year Yet® Partner

Sometimes you have to step back in order to move forward. This is especially true when things are not moving as well as you’d like. Often it is best to pause, take stock of where you are and reconnect from the inside out.

This is what happens in a ballroom dance when the leader is trying to re-connect with his partner and re-establish balance. It is easier for the leader to step back and engage the follower by first moving backwards.This way the connection is renewed from a calm, grounded place. Then the two can move forward again with more strength together.

So how does this look for you as a business leader?

When goals are unmet or relationship problems arise, it is typical to react and want to do something to fix the perceived problems. Rather than helping, our concerns and active energy can influence the situation with additional disruption and chaos.

The next time you sense potential issues in your work environment, try stepping back. It may feel difficult and counter-productive to “leading” through the issues. You may see the problem clearly and think you know what is best. However, approaching from this perspective doesn’t engage others and may feel too forceful.

To help with this new behavior, you can ask yourself the following questions:

  • How would you respond if you stepped back, paused and observed the big picture?
  • How would others feel if you asked opening questions with the intention to release concerns?
  • How would you act if you came from a wholesome perspective knowing that ultimately all is well?

These qualities are part of mindful leading and what I call “moving as one”. “Moving as one” aligns intuition and purpose, while co-creating a new dance of interconnection. Taking inspiration from the leadership and teamwork that are vital to mindfulness, energy and dance, I created Move As One and the 5 Mindful Moves™.

Synthesizing more than two decades of management consulting with a number of mind/body practices, I have found the 5 Mindful Moves™ results in remarkably enhanced performance.

Following is a quick synopsis:
1 – PresenceMap where you are and be present to what is
2 – PassionOpen perspectives and allow passion from within to refuel
3 – Purpose – emerge a Vision and clarify insights to establish a shared direction
4 – PartnershipEngage, express and take next steps together
5 – PracticeSustain with support and ongoing routines

Aligning your vision and performance by building presence, passion, purpose and most importantly partnership will make the pause pay off with focused forward movement toward your most important goals.

About Julie Delene:

Julie Delene 250Move As One founder Julie Delene has twenty-five years experience defining business strategy, driving growth, improving performance and facilitating change for major organizations including 3M, Wells Fargo, the University of Wisconsin and the Mayo Clinic.

Julie is the creator of the 5 Mindful Moves™, a proven, powerful approach to strengthening, energizing and focusing business leaders and teams. She is a trained program leader for Best Year Yet®, a global organization with over 35 years of experience Julie is also an accomplished professional ballroom dancer. The 5 Mindful Moves™ were inspired by elements of successful teamwork – alignment, engagement and synergy – Julie observed in her experiences with mindfulness, Eastern methods and ballroom dance.