Leading with Intention and Gratitude

–Featuring Rev. Christie Hardwick

Sometimes we have a tendency to segregate our so-called “spiritual” practices from our management and leadership practices. I would suggest that any spiritual practice you have can serve you in building, integrating, and growing a team.

To be in joy is evidence of your gratitude. Show off how you are thankful. Go ahead. Applaud the universe. Thank the Creator, life is good”. From the ABC’s of an Extraordinary Life.

At meetings whether virtual or in person, we know the importance of setting an agenda. We will have our bullet points and our desired outcomes. What about setting an intention for the meeting? What feeling or sense do we want to leave the participants with?

Even when we don’t set a specific intention we are broadcasting our mental state by how we communicate and how we show up for people. If we didn’t take a moment to ground ourselves before a meeting, we may find that getting focused takes more time for everyone. The leader sets the tone or vibration for the meeting.

For example, instead of thinking that a meeting will accomplish getting everyone on the same page with a plan or set of directions, we can raise the level of accomplishment by intending that people leave the meeting feeling more connected to the purpose and each other. One is mental and the other involves the emotional. We want to appeal to minds and hearts-whenever we can.

New Practices to Explore

You can set intention by preparing yourself with a brief meditation, having a mantra that centers you, or even speaking your intention out to the participants depending on your style.

It is now more common to have a centering moment before meetings in all settings. Try this out and see what results.

The other practice that we sometimes keep for journaling or close friends is to express and focus on gratitude. Starting a meeting with what you are grateful for sets a tone and a raised vibration that can carry throughout the meeting — even when the subject is challenging. I also suggest closing with gratitude.

We can never say thank you enough to those who play/participate/work with us. We all appreciate being appreciated. Working with others in a state of intention and gratitude can be wonderful.

I’m excited to hear how your new practices impact your leadership. Reach out to us and tell us your experiences.

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