Balanced and Mindful Leadership: What Do You Think?

I believe it’s time for a new type of leader, and a new type of organizational culture; one that focuses on people, understanding, and collaboration; instead of money, results, and competition. … This is the first in a series of blog posts on balanced and mindful leadership.

In my coaching with business and professional women from around the world, greater and greater numbers, and younger and younger women are coming to me exhausted, “juggling so many balls”, feeling that there is no longer any fun in their lives; they are all about work with little or no time for themselves, or to spend with people they love. Some of them have health concerns. They are looking for tools and support to help them find peace amongst the chaos of daily life and work.

Well-educated professional women are leaving their senior positions or turning down career advancements when they have children, as there is not enough time to do it all. Those who try to do it all, often become ill[1] or end up in separation and divorce.

The old paradigm of working harder to get ahead is no longer working. In fact, productivity starts to decline after a certain number of hours of consistent work. It’s time for a new paradigm and new type of leader: a balanced and mindful one.

What are the attributes of a balanced and mindful leader?

  • Lives life in alignment with their core values
  • Runs an organization or operates within an organization in alignment with the organizational values
  • Knows their BIG WHY (life purpose)
  • Understands the importance of Work/Life Balance and models that for others
  • Rewards teams rather than individuals for their performance
  • Models and rewards inter and intra-organizational collaboration
  • Recognizes the need for space to encourage creativity and innovation
  • Uses their body as well as their minds to make decisions; e.g. Leadership is an art as well as a science.
  • Inspires and supports others to be the best they can be
  • Is emotionally intelligent and aware of their strengths and weaknesses
  • Surrounds self with folks with complementary skill-sets to shore up their weaknesses and complement their strengths, rather than people like themselves.
  • Encourages brainstorming and questioning of the status quo.
  • Allows their managers and staff to make mistakes, share and learn from them; encourages a culture of innovation – e.g. Engineers without Borders Annual Failure report –

Do you agree with the need for a new type of leader? What are your thoughts? I welcome your comments below. Feel free to share the post with others who you think might like to join in the discussion.



  • Comments 8

    1. Judy Birdsell
      April 19, 2016

      Loved the link to EWB and their ‘failure report’.. making mistakes/failing is an important way to learn/ move forward i think.. and somehow it has lost any respect as a mechanism of progress..

      1. pam
        April 19, 2016

        Thanks Judy for sharing your thoughts. So true! The best lessons I’ve learned in my life are from making mistakes.

    2. Heather Good
      April 19, 2016

      Definitely Pam! So much so that I wrote a book on Mindful Leadership to help women learn to be strong, compassionate, clear and powerful. What an important topic for today’s times… Thanks for writing on it!

      1. pam
        April 19, 2016

        Appreciate you sharing your thoughts Heather! I didn’t realize you’d written a book on Mindful Leadership. I’d love to read it. Are you open to sharing the link/where to obtain it?

    3. Claudia LeBaron Islas
      April 20, 2016

      I definitely agree that we need this new type of leader in corporations. I can only imagine the good example and teachings that they would pass on to their people, and their people to other people. Great post Pam!

      1. pam
        April 20, 2016

        Hi Claudia,
        Appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts. Warm Regards, Pam

    4. Melissa Rapoport
      April 21, 2016

      Definitely! I recently read “The Radical Leap” by Steve Farber who inspires business leaders to bring Love, Energy, Audacity, and Proof to their work and their life. It seems that leaders who have a mission, outside of their personal gain, make the greatest leaders indeed. Brava Claudia!

      1. pam
        April 21, 2016

        Hi Melissa, Thanks for sharing your thoughts and your recent read. I’ll have to check that out! Pam

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