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How to Practice Mindful Leadership With Your Team

Hi, and a warm welcome to The Human Side of Business Podcast. I’m your host Ange MacCabe. I am pleased to introduce you to Dr. Eric Holsapple, Founder and Lead Facilitator at Living in the Gap. Dr. Eric, has realized the value of mindfulness as not only a path to personal success, but as a sound business strategy. Mindfulness can increase company productivity, reduce health-care costs, and give businesses a competitive edge. It also creates an opportunity for far-reaching influence and impact. When shared within an organization, mindfulness produces a ripple effect that can not only transform company culture but can also expand the happiness and well-being of its employees, their families, communities, and essentially --the world. Eric’s book, Profit with Presence: The Twelve Pillars of Mindful Leadership (available 3/7/23), helps readers learn that bringing mindfulness to the workplace is an investment that pays out real dividends. In this episode, Dr. Eric and I examine how to practice mindful leadership within teams.

Building Trust Through Emotional Intelligence

Dr. Eric Holsapple: When you really dive in and get to know the people you work with, there is a trust that forms. You got their back. They got your back. Things happen. We had to close the home building division during COVID. We did it compassionately. I love those people. I didn't want to do it, but it wasn't working anymore. And I know that profit, it's not a purpose, but it's essential for me to be in business. And I find the emotional side, the emotional intelligence side at work, to be real is so much easier than to put on a facade. Just being human.


Dr. Eric Holsapple: When I change, others change. Because of my perception of them, because of the space I give them to change and for whatever they choose to do or not do. Right? I'm the only one I can really control.

How Perception Plays Out In the Workplace

Ange MacCabe: We definitely have a choice to identify with feelings that either fill our cups or deplete our cups. And that really drives the way we think, feel, and act and tying that into the business world, It's very impactful with regards to how we create and make leadership decisions and how we decide to perceive certain situations. One example could be a team member that was newly promoted. The leader is super excited about them stepping up in leadership. Fast forward four months, and if they're not sitting within those expectations that probably weren't communicated, then judgment creeps in from senior leadership. And I've seen it happen time and time again, and it really comes down to three or four things. Is that C-suite leader self-aware? Are they passing judgment? What's the lens that they typically put on things? What type of personal biases do they have? And then what do they do with that outcome? Right?

Maintaining Focus and Knowing and Understanding Your Role

Dr. Eric Holsapple: Some of my best business successes have been from failures. What I've learned is when I have a very narrow focus, I live in disappointment, and I don't notice other things. But if I can let go of that and stay aware, I see opportunities that come up. It may not have been what I thought. And the same thing with people. Sometimes they're in a role, and they're just not the right one for that role. Right. But they do have a role. And my role is to help them find it. Within my company, maybe not.

For more leadership insights check out my blog: The Difficult Conversation: 5 Tips For Leaders


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