• Katie Pietsch

The 3 key attributes of great leaders and how you can cultivate them!

“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.” - His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Gone are the days of great leaders being born, as we enter the world of mindfulness.

If we as leaders are to foster a space for innovation and creativity it needs to be through positive & happy emotions, productivity cannot thrive in stressful environments.

So it's no surprise to learn from the world’s most influential CEO’s that the key to any great leader is these 3 attributes:

Mindful awareness - through presence and focus

Compassion - the practice of empathy in action

Respect - attune and resonate with those around you

Perhaps even less surprising is the evidence suggesting women in leadership roles are more compassionate to their employees than men, but show less compassion to themselves.

We often speak so much kinder to others than we do to ourselves, but our mirror neurons that fire when we connect with others don’t hide this truth. It can be not only seen but felt when we disregard our need for compassion & restoration. The outcome being more loss of energy coupled by a reduced capacity to respond to our own needs. Would we not better nurture others if we were kinder to ourselves first? A most unselfish act.

The good news is that as humans we have an innate ability to change. Every time we catch ourselves not being mindful, we are being mindful. Every moment we choose to show compassion to those around us and ourselves, we are rewiring our brains to more naturally take these pathways in future.

We all have the ingrained need to be seen, heard and valued - so why not start with yourself first:

  • Cultivate a personal discipline by becoming mindful of your habits at work and home, not just in your yoga practice.

  • Watch your thoughts and your words, these become your actions which evolve into your personality.

  • Take a moment to pause and remind yourself of the incredible human that you are.

  • When you hear that harsh voice of your inner critic rise up, be curious - Would you soften your expectations if it was someone else?

Katie xx

From me to you -

Here’s a short Self-Compassion meditation that could be useful x

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