I think leadership is like nutrition.
Not all diets work for all people. In my experience I have found that several teachers have had an impact on me and for various reasons, and in different ways during my leadership journey.
I have found that actively training my mind to deal with the unknown and uncertain has been of immense value. I actively cultivate and look for discomfort as I know this is the only way I can grow as a leader.
‘Leader of one, leader of many. If you can lead one you can lead any.”
Mindfulness training has its use and has some downsides but the teachers that I dove into years ago that were most helpful were:
🧠 The Jon Kabat-Zin book: Full Catastrophe Living Link
🧠 Plus Jon’s MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) classes. Link
🧠 Thich Nhat Hanh. One of my absolute favorites. I spent a week at his monastery in France and my favorite book of his is The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation Link
🧠 Pema Chodran. She is a ninja. 😊 Not really a Ninja. She is a Zen Buddhist monk and a powerful teacher. You can find her online and my favorite book of hers is, The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times Link
🧠 Stoicism – I have not gone as deeply into Stoicism as other practices. I had a Stoicism professor, Massimo Pigliucii, on my podcast a couple of years ago. For those interested, here is a link to our episode.
🧠 Tim Ferriss’ work related to The Tao of Seneca is fantastic. Link
🧠 Finally, The Tao-Te Ching translated by Stephen Mitchell is a provides wonderful wisdom. Link