What is Mindful Leadership?

by Stephanie Bown, Founder and Director workwellgroup.com.au

Progressive businesses around the world are adopting mindfulness based practices to develop leaders to be less stressed, more focussed, more compassionate and ultimately more successful. So what exactly is mindful leadership?

David Gelles, former Financial Times reporter, long-term meditator, and author of “Mindful Work” wrote about how meditation and mindfulness is changing business from the inside out. He defines mindfulness as “being aware of our experiences, observing them without judgement, and responding from a place of clarity and compassion, rather than fear, insecurity or greed”.

My dear friend from university, Alyssa, a clinical psychologist, working mum and successful business leader, put mindful leadership simply as “owning your own stuff”. Being mindful is the opposite of being mindless; operating on autopilot, from habit, or under stress. The real clincher, however, is doing this “without judgement”. Accepting the moment as it is, rather than what you think it should be or what you want it to be, can be exceptionally difficult.

Doing this at work, in the heat of the moment, with multiple distractions and demands, is even more challenging. But the payoff from a personal and professional perspective is well worth the investment. I see mindful leadership playing out in business in three ways;


  1. Sharing your vision
  2. Caring about your impact on others
  3. Respecting yourself


First, mindful leadership is about having a clear vision and direction for your business or your team that you can easily communicate, that fires people up and makes them feel part of something important.


Mindful Leaders Retreat – Byron Bay, 24-27 October, 2016


Mindful leadership and mindful living are cornerstone practices of Byron Bay based consultancy workwellgroup.

workwellgroup specialise in executive coaching, leadership development and business strategy and have worked with some of Australia’s leading health brands (Swisse Wellness) and sporting organisations (Hawthorn FC).

If you would like to build the capability and mindset to build a more positive and collaborative workplace culture in your business to drive extraordinary results – join workwellgroup at their Mindful Leaders Retreat in Byron Bay, 24-27 October, 2016.

The retreat will be hosted at the beautiful Byron Luxury Beach Houses, where you’ll be fuelled by sustainably sourced, organic food by local chefs. Lead facilitator Stephanie Bown will take you on a journey of self discovery to explore your own personal and professional learning objectives. Yogi Kirsty Nugent will lead meditation and daily yoga practices (no previous experience required) and nutritionist, author and professional triathlete Pip Taylor will guide you how to best fuel your body and mind for performance.

If you are interested in living and working more mindfully – and believe this could benefit you or one of your associates – please visit workwellgroup.com.au to find out more about the Mindful Leaders Retreat or call Stephanie on +0439 044 940.