“The main business case for meditation is that if you’re fully present on the job, you will be more effective as a leader, you will make better decisions and you will work better with other people. I tend to live a very busy life. This keeps me focused on what’s important.”
–Bill George, former CEO Medtronic and Harvard Business School Professor
GlobalCoaching Alliance (GCA) has been at the forefront of the Mindful Leadership movement since 2007 with the publishing of “The Mindful Leader – Ten principles for bringing out the best in ourselves and others” (Shambhala Publishing) by GCA Chief Operating Officer Michael Carroll, who has taught and lectured widely on the topic. And since then, more and more emerging business leaders are learning to practice mindfulness-awareness meditation:
Aetna, Merck, General Mills – the list goes on – all are exploring how meditation can help their leaders and employees agilely thrive in today’s fast paced business environment. And the benefits are widely publicized: sustained attention span, improved multi-tasking abilities, strengthened immune system, increased emotional intelligence, improved listening skills. And there is science behind such claims. Research is fast concluding that sitting still for defined periods of time is a very healthy thing to do.
And as a thought leader in the field of Mindful Leadership, GCA: