In a survey of 2,000 employees, Bain & Company found that among 33 leadership traits — including creating compelling objectives, expressing ideas clearly, and being receptive to input — the ability to be mindfully present (also called centeredness) is the most essential of all.
Research also suggests that there’s a direct correlation between leaders’ mindfulness and the well-being and performance of their people.
In other words, the more a leader is present with their people, the better they will perform.
Every morning, Conant allocated a good chunk of his time to walking around the plant, greeting people, and getting to know them.
He would memorize their names and the names of their family members.
He would take a genuine interest in their lives.
To Conant, these behaviors were not just strategies to enhance productivity; they were heartfelt efforts to support his people.
As I read the HBR article, I found myself nodding in agreement. That Conant chose to take an active interest in the lives of his employees was interesting.
It was also a sharp and vivid reminder to me of a previous long term, employer of my spouse.
He also, took an active participation in his employees’ lives.
A genuine, concerned interest.
What this did, was ensure the entire family was invested in the company and its success.
We, and even the children, were on board with travel and the long hours the job entailed.
I look back and think, what a smart man.
But also, more importantly, how truly, kind he was.
These leaders are fully engaged and present; and yes, they do get the most from their workforce.
Art is not in Isolation
You might think it odd, I find quotes and articles from business publications and don’t stick to “arts and crafts.”
But, I’ve found we really can’t isolate areas so easily. One bleeds over into the other.
This photograph with the blazing scarlet sun and the excerpt from Franz Kafka speaking of ‘flying too close.’
Yes. They were definitely influencers.
David Kanigan seems to always come up with some thing, new or intriguing, or uplifting or just plain humorous for his readers.
Check out his website, I love his writing – he writes really well.
Anyway. Go look through his posts.
Be uplifted. Laugh. Smile. Cry. Be humbled. Breathe in Life.
Aquileanaat La Audacia de Aquiles an impressive website focusing on Mythology. Making it modern, entertaining, easy to read, and Fun!
I’ve been reading her articles for quite some time and always, look forward to the extremely comprehensive and educated efforts she puts forth.
Referenced, with photographs, art works, historical sources, collaborations,etc., my 5 Star website to go to for mythology info.
I’ve been especially interested most recently in The Titans.
Who they were, there origins, and who came before them.
Aquileana’s site provides revealing glimpses into the mythical lives of the Greek and Roman gods and goddesses, The Titans, Olympians, The Muses, The Furies and more. All, richly described in intimate and living color.