Meditation as an effective leadership skill

Lately I am asked about meditation. What is meditation and how do I do it? What is the goal of meditation?

Meditation is a state of mind where we seek some personal or social profit.

For instance we want to meditate to feel more happy. Or we want to reduce stress levels and increase resilience. 

Another reason why people like to meditate is to think deeper about certain goals they have. By deep thinking or reflection we might see things in a wider perspective and find resolutions which we would not find in an too occupied mind.

Still people have other motivations to meditate. For instance to be more positive or lighter of heart.

Sorts of meditation

I would put meditation in three categories:

  1. The meditation beyond the thinking level. Bringing the mind to states of calmness where our thinking ceases. When the thinking stops we become and observer. For this kind of meditation often a mantra is used. A mantra is a single word or a few syllables usually in Sanskrit, the oldest language of the world. The mantra is a help to reduce the amount of thoughts to one thought and even that thought we can transcend.
  2. The meditation of thinking. This meditation is in the sphere of thinking. It’s a thinking mode were the mind is relatively silent and the the few thoughts present can be very well considered as there is a lot of space and time to improve our thoughts. This kind of meditation can help to refine your idea’s or vision.
  3. The third kind of meditation is my dearest one. The meditation of action. The former mentioned meditations help with the meditation of action. For action you need abundant energy, strong thinking and a clear vision. The meditation of action results in great social results. Finding the right balance between empathy and profitability results in extraordinary achievements and social development. in the last decades we have been functioning to much greed based principles and it was even considered that a good amount of greed is an important ingredient for success. However today we know that reinvesting profits in social development gives more lasting results.

I got a question if meditation can have negative results. Yes it can. To much of the the first kind meditation can make a person too happy and this happiness can be a cause of lethargy. Its like brushing the teeth to often. Ne need.

Another remark I received about meditation. A colleague in the coaching business thought that meditation is about making the mind empty. It is rather about making the mind full! 

in the nineties was initiated in meditation (the first kind) by an Himalayan master and helped hundreds of leaders with developing that as a skill. Now I am testing to see whether meditation instructions work by zoom.

To receive personal instruction in meditation is better then learning it from books as it is a subtle process which needs adjustment and confirmation of the right practise in the beginning.

Sometimes I am using the meditation together with Marshall Goldsmith’s stakeholder centred coaching to achieve goals of my customers effectively.