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Small Acts of Leadership by G. Shawn Hunter

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Chapter 8 Be Fully Present

While leadership sometimes requires action, it sometimes means simply showing up and being fully present.

Being fully present means listening intently, being aware of ourselves in each moment, and being aware of our colleagues’ moods and dispositions. It also means focusing on the task at hand, ignoring distractions. Focusing on that task not only helps get the work done but also sends a message that the conversation is important, and that relationships with our colleagues are important. And when we’re fully engaged in our work, we also know the limits of what can be done and when our team is on the wrong track.

In this chapter we explore the concept of being fully present and, closely associated, the state of mindfulness, ...

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