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Go Ahead, Try Being Inauthentic

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“Be yourself” – wait, what??  Someone please explain how to be somebody other than yourself. Because I can think of plenty of instances in my life when it would have been great to be somebody else, at least for a while. And of course there were times when I just wanted to run and hide from being myself after doing something stupid or embarrassing. But try as I might, I’ve never been able to not be me.

Oh sure, I’ve given plenty of Oscar-caliber performances. I’ve used sheer willpower and creativity to give others the impression I was imbued with certain capabilities and charisma. But if I’m being honest, I always felt like my acting was never quite good enough.

That begs the question though, does being authentic simply mean avoiding that type of pretense, that acting? No it doesn’t. Because underneath the act, I’m still being me, just as an actor.

It appears that the inescapable, authentic me is always there. Read More

An Open Invitation: Creating a Ripple Effect

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So many people I encounter around the country are upset about the future these days. Where are we heading? Why are things becoming increasingly divisive and what will that do to our ability to live together? Why does there seem to be a license to say exclusionary or hurtful things? Are we forgetting the adage ‘to whom much is given, much is expected’? Read More

Daily Gratitude: the True Power of Giving Thanks

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I am thankful for…. 

With these few words, we are invited to pause, to place our hurrying on hold for a few moments. And we are invited to remember all that we have to be thankful for today. While this is a simple practice that the youngest child can easily do, its effects are profoundly powerful at every age.   Read More

Holding Space – Leading in the Moment

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When I was a young woman working in a nursing home, one of the most disturbing things – worse than the feebleness of the residents, or the smell, or the fact that even a self-absorbed twenty-four year old couldn’t really ignore mortality in that environment – was how many folks told me that they didn’t know where their lives had gone.  Read More