Leaders at Every Level experience greater clarity, concentration, critical thinking and decision making capabilities – and gain the self-awareness, authenticity and compassion to influence and mobilize others. That’s why top business schools (including Harvard, Wharton, Sloan, Stanford, Kellogg and many more) are moving quickly to add mindful practices into their core leadership curriculum.
Strategic HR Professionals are important stakeholders in workforce wellness, employee engagement, diversity and inclusion — and are the front line for mediation and conflict resolution. As a result, SHRM’s most important HR competencies align closely with mindful outcomes in self-awareness, empathy, intuition, strong communication skills and calm diplomacy. HR is also the gateway for progressive workforce solutions like mindfulness, and should clearly understand the practice, and its application in the workplace.
Sales and Customer Service Reps are often the first point of contact and most visible representatives of a company’s true character and values. The most successful sales professionals are self-motivated, confident and highly resilient, with great intuition, listening skills and rapport-building capabilities. Great customer service starts with happy, engaged and positive problem-solvers in every client-facing position.
Engineers and Developers use mindfulness to step away from distraction, and into the deep concentration that takes them to a state of flow. The very best developers are elite performers, who lose track of time and space as they become increasingly engaged and connected to their work.
Creatives and Knowledge Workers use mindfulness to silence the incessant rumination on past events and constant worry about the future that characterize the human default mode. With deep concentration in the present, unexpected thoughts arise, new connections are made, ideas form and insights are realized.
Safety Professionals and High Reliability Organizations (HROs) in Energy, Health Care, Manufacturing and other complex, dynamic industries value mindfulness for the focus and situational awareness it brings to a potentially dangerous workplace.