What is “contemplative”?Principles of contemplative leadership

Leadership today requires a broad range of skills, including the ability to anticipate, innovate, question, and adapt. If we consider that the most important leadership tool is first and foremost the leader’s self, it becomes critical to assist leaders in becoming more conscious of who they are, as well as the motivations influencing their leadership. When leaders become fully present and develop the awareness to notice subtle patterns of their own and other’s behavior, group dynamics and organizational processes, they are better able to make decisions and manage situations simply because they see details and what is really going on more clearly.  Among other things, contemplative leadership enlarges ones capacity for awareness, living with the unknowns of change, managing negative emotions, staying grounded in one’s values and purpose, and transforming what is no longer serving.  By deepening awareness and loosening the grip of old habits, leaders are freed up to think, relate, and act in new and more effective ways both individually and collectively.