It’s the drama that has had us glued to our live blogs and twitter feeds; the ‘wild boar’ soccer team rescue in Thailand. For those that have been living under a rock, it’s the remarkable story of a kid’s soccer team and their coach who survived living in a cave for ten days.
I am writing this whilst the last part of the rescue is being undertaken, and so no one knows the full story yet, or how the final part of the rescue will play out.
What we do know though, is that the young coach, himself only 25 years old, has been fundamental to the team’s survival. Reportedly, he trained as a monk and had learnt the techniques of meditation and mindfulness from a young age. It was these techniques that he employed with the boys to help them through their ordeal.
It’s an extraordinary story. And one that will no doubt continue to be unpacked for some time yet to come.
The use of his techniques was something that stuck with me, as the benefits of mindfulness and meditation in life generally have been known for quite some time. But, it’s now known that these techniques have a huge impact on leadership too.
This article from HBR talks to the benefits that meditation brings to CEOs. Chief amongst the benefits are:
- A boost to emotional intelligence
- Enhanced creativity
- Improved relationships
- Increased focus
As the author says:
Importantly, meditation is not just “one more thing to do.” If you’re thinking that you have enough on your plate and don’t need yet another thing, consider this advice that Arianna Huffington shared with me. “Although I’ve known its benefits since my teens, finding time for meditation was always a challenge because I was under the impression that I had to ‘do’ meditation. And I didn’t have time for another burdensome thing to ‘do.’ Fortunately, a friend pointed out one day that we don’t ‘do’ meditation; meditation ‘does’ us. That opened the door for me. The only thing to ‘do’ in meditation is nothing.”
But as both research and experience show, doing nothing can have real results.
There’s plenty of other research that supports this article too. Here are some other interesting articles:
And the good news, is that it doesn’t need to be about siting cross legged and humming “ommm”. Both meditation and mindfulness are now packaged in many different ways. Without doubt, there will be a style and approach that suits you and your lifestyle.
Try it and see what impact it can have on your leadership style and approach.