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Mindful change leaders slow down and concentrate on one thing at a time.

Because change is constant, change leadership is essential. It demands agility, which involves resiliency and persistence.

But change leaders don’t just move faster and multi-task, That’s not the intent of agility.

Instead, agile, mindful change leaders speak with clarity as they advocate for change. They’re deliberate as they guide the change action steps and new processes or tools. Furthermore, such leaders demonstrate agility by constantly fine-tuning and adapting their vision of how the change will make things better.

As Josh Bersin notes, great leaders drive change “through their reputation, ability to empower people, willingness to experiment, and focus on developing” their employees. However, I can’t think of any leader who does that well while rushing about, unfocused, only half-hearing others, and handling too many things at once.

Many professionals find slowing down and focusing on one thing to be counter-intuitive. They’ve been eating a diet of “mindless frenzies” and “getting more stuff done.”

This alternative approach is a mindfulness habit. Mindfulness is the practice of becoming more fully aware of, and focused on, what’s taking place within and around you. It’s focus and concentration on steroids, with a big dosage of stress reduction.

Furthermore, this specific habit doesn’t just empower mindful change leaders. It also sharpens strategy toward disruptions like algorithms, which can gather targeted customer data, improve processes, and drive sales.

I write stories you can read in less than five minutes, featuring diverse professionals whose tips on applying mindfulness, learning agility, and storytelling will help you love your career and enhance your quality of life. I’ll offer some of these specific tips near the end of this blog.

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John M. DeMarco is a writer, strategist, and executive coach based in Nashville, Tennessee.
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