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Mindful Leadership

The Impact of Mindfulness on Managers’ Ethical Responsibility

Written by N. Koller

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Master Thesis


Business Administration>Leadership




Master Thesis: mindfulness means being fully aware of the time and place, not judging the current moment or situation, but perceiving the real situation without prejudice to people, things, and current situations. Every moment means every moment is a new moment, and every moment is different from other moments. Therefore, routine activities can lead to so-called autonomous driving modes, which can lead to unconsciousness. It is worth noting that now is the only moment of existence, because the past has passed and the future has not yet arrived (Guillén & Fontrodona, 2018, p. 124). However, this also means being fully aware of external stimuli, because, for example, events or objects that occur around a person. In addition, this includes “internal processes or states, such as emotions, perceptions, sensations, and cognition” (Reb, Narayanan, and Chaturvedi, 2014, p. 37). According to Kabat-Zinn (2015b), mindfulness can occur in two ways, one is intentional (deliberate mindfulness), and the other is spontaneous (effortless mindfulness). If you practice mindfulness regularly, that is, consciously, it will become effortless over time (p. 1481). He further believes that for most people, mindfulness must be improved through practice, even if it is an inherited mental characteristic. This improvement can be achieved through meditation, "[...] systematically and consciously cultivates mindfulness, and through it cultivates wisdom, compassion and other mental qualities, which helps to get rid of the shackles of our own attachments. Blindness and delusions" ( P. 1482). Ultimately, mindfulness practice will increase awareness, thereby increasing concentration, and thus support the perception of the present moment and ourselves. In his book, wherever you go, you are always there: Mindfulness Meditation in Daily Life (2005). Kabat-Zinnadds believes that ancient Buddhist practice is relevant today because people must examine themselves and question their views on the world. Views and their place in the world, "Cultivate a full appreciation of our every moment. Still alive" (page 3). When reviewing the conclusions of Reb and Choi (2014), relevance becomes crucial, that is, companies and employees act in a challenging and competitive environment characterized by long working hours, which may lead to “stress, exhaustion, and burnout ". The impact of mindfulness well-known SAP executives emphasized the positive impact of mindfulness in the business. For example, Peter Bostelmann, director of SAP’s global mindfulness practice, said, “It’s about becoming more sober and the ability to recognize yourself, so if something happens , You will become more aware. Whenever I encounter a problem, I will become more and more aware of what is happening and how I want to respond” (Giang, 2015). According to SAP Chief Learning Officer Jenny Dearborn (Jenny Dearborn), “Mindfulness can play a key role in the health of employees and employees. The entire organization. But it does more than that. It enhances people’s satisfaction. , Has increased their enthusiasm. This is why this new psychological training is now firmly rooted in our learning products." Wolfgang Fassnacht, SAP's Director of Human Resources in Germany, further pointed out the beneficial effects of mindfulness: “Concentration and creativity are essential advantages for a fast-growing and innovative company like SAP” (Falk, 2016). Shapiro, Wang, and Peltason (2015, pages 25-30) summarize the benefits of mindfulness as the following mechanism of action: Mindfulness reduces stress Mindfulness creates a healthy learning environment Mindfulness enhances innovation and creativity Mindfulness improves attention and attention Mindfulness reduces more Negative effects of task processing. Mindfulness reduces reactive mindfulness and enhances interpersonal skills, empathy and self-awareness. According to Maria Gonzalez (2012, pp. 7-8), “[...] Mindfulness can help leaders continue to focus on Things that are really important to them, their companies and stakeholders", which in turn makes them real. In addition, they are able to react when any situation arises and face the reality with calmness and focus. In addition, conscious leaders motivate others by using clear communication, and are considered by leaders to make decisions "[. ..] come from a place of consciousness, integrity, and courage." She emphasized the effects and benefits of mindfulness meditation, such as "[...] more focused and concentrated, improved time management, improved judgment and decision-making, enhanced ability to predict and meet the needs of stakeholders, enhanced ability to handle conflicts, and team efficiency Enhancement, increased innovation and inspiration, increased productivity, and increased ability to effectively cope with stress" (Gonzalez, 2012, p. 10). The results of Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (n.d.b) "showed significant improvements in many areas." For example, the stress of the participants is reduced after participating in the program, and performance is improved due to the ability of the participants to concentrate, thereby increasing efficiency. Read Less