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But what do they mean? Here’s a score card of each attribute and how we define them.
Being mindful means being free from the thoughts in our heads: concerns about what we should or shouldn’t say, a preoccupation with how we might look if we spoke up, or any number of other unhelpful thoughts. Mindfulness gives us space. Being mindful liberates us from the small and mundane. It elevates our perceptions and conversations, and allows us to see what’s happening beneath the surface.
Is a way of looking at the world with fresh eyes and a mind that wants to learn, wants to be challenged, and wants to know something new. Genuine curiosity wants to know why something is the way it is.
At its core, flexibility of mind is the ability to pivot our thinking quickly. Flexibility of mind flexes to accommodate barriers and challenges. It can be operationalised in a three-step process that begins with recognizing that we could be wrong. From that foundation bigger ideas can appear as we let go of a set way of thinking. Finally, flexibility of mind can easily combine bigger ideas to develop a revolutionary one.
Without putting too fine a point on it, anyone can keep marching forward when everything’s going their way. To keep going when the outcome is in doubt, when we keep getting turned down, when our last chance has passed us by again; that’s the definition of resilience and it’s what makes the difference.
A leader who creates leaders of others understands that though getting the task done is important, it’s not the biggest opportunity. That leader understands that they can use their experience and skill to not just teach someone something, but to help others lead too. Those “enlightened leaders” operate that way because they see every interaction with a direct report as a chance to grow a leader.
Is a way of working where we work not in the best interests of ourselves or our teams, but to actively pursue coordinated efforts across business areas and functions to act in the best interests of a business’ customers while achieving its strategic goals.
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