Inner Mastery Drives Outer Impact
People who are “living their purpose” at work report five times higher levels of well-being than those who are not. They are also:
- More productive.
- More resilient.
Emotionally agile people are able to:
- Alleviate their stress levels.
- Reduce the errors they make.
- Be more innovative.
- Improve job performance.
Employees who feel empathized with at work are:
- More innovative.
- More engaged at work.
- More successful at navigating the demands of their work and life.
- Less inclined to leave their organizations.
Decades’ worth of data has shown that people with a growth mindset:
- Are better mentally primed to take on challenges.
- Take advantage of feedback.
- Use the most effective problem-solving techniques.
- Offer thoughtful feedback to others.
- Are persistent in pursuing goals.
Mindfulness leads to an increase in emotional intelligence. This contributes to our ability to:
- Manage conflict.
- Communicate more effectively.
- Tap the “smart” part of our brain to bring out our best in all situations.
Sources: Cornell Research, McKinsey, Harvard Business Review, Catalyst, Business News Daily, The Guardian
78 percent employees believe they are not getting as much purpose from work as they want.
Nearly 1/3rd employees wish their organizations would act with more empathy.
Only 20 percent employees strongly agree that their performance is managed in a way that inspires them to do outstanding work.
The need to shift mindsets is the biggest block to successful business transformations.
Only 4 in 10 U.S. employees strongly agree that their work gives them the opportunity to do what they are best at every day.
86 percent leaders believe that they role-model desired behavior changes. Only 53 percent people who report to these leaders agree.
Sources: McKinsey, Harvard Business Review, and Gallup
Within each of us is a space of highest potential — our Inner Core. When we are at our Core, we feel most authentic — most true to ourselves. We are beyond ego, attachments, and insecurities.
Leadership is about bringing out the best in ourselves and the best in others in all situations. We are at our best when we operate from our Inner Core. That’s where great leaders seek to take their people — to the Common Core that gets formed when everyone in a team is activated at their Core and aligned in their purpose.
At our Core, we have access to five Energies: Purpose, Wisdom, Growth, Love, and Self-Realization. Leadership, at its essence, is about activating these energies in ourselves and others.
We can activate these 5 Energies in us and in others by using a set of 25+ simple actions. By mixing-and-matching these actions, we can create countless behaviors (action-paths) that help us respond in the best way to the relentless demands of our work environment — by being “everything, and the complete opposite.” The 5 Core Energies keep us anchored on the inside, while the actions keep us adaptive on the outside.
BIG LEAPS IN SMALL STEPS
We can develop people into becoming exemplary leaders by helping them develop atomic habits — practicing and applying simple actions to improve their performance at work in small steps, week upon week.