In a recent Harvard Business Review article, the Dalai Lama shared his thoughts on ways leaders can contribute to a happier world and workplace. He offered three ways leaders can BE to cut down on stress and anxiety, as well as build cultures of cooperation.
- Be mindful. Don’t let destructive emotions like anger and attachment cloud your ability to intelligently engage with others. Use your capacity to analyze, plan and communicate in ways that create trust rather than fear and anxiety.
- Be Selfless. Self interest helps us survive. But wise self-interest means having a sense of concern for others. It generates cooperation and trust and leaves no room for cheating, bullying and exploitation.
- Be compassionate. Compassion, he says, is a constructive emotion related to intelligence. Which means, it can be taught and learned.