2005 – Mindful Leadership – Become a Beacon in the Storm
The culture of healthcare is frenetic. We are torn between meeting the needs of patients, the pressures of budgets, meeting quality measures, corrective action plans, and staff management. Evidence shows that mindful practice has the potential to improve attention, cognitive performance, empathy, and the health of patients. Being mindful requires that we assess our emotions, our reasoning, and then in a careful and caring manner, do what is right and best. Mindfulness reminds us that we have a duty to ourselves as well as to others. Caring for others, working with others, means we must take care of ourselves. Leadership is about relationships rather than outcomes. But in healthcare, we are very focused on outcomes. Everyone has the potential to be a leader regardless of discipline or role. Leadership does not only include the management of people, but becoming a part of a team, and working toward a shared vision. Mindful leaders are lighthouses guiding the way in a storm, shining a light to identify talent, clarify the right thing to do, bring out the best in others, create a path to follow, and inspire hope.