THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A MINDFUL AND DISTRACTED LEADER
...is the consistency and depth of their focus, and depth of connection with oneself, others and the world around us. Have a look at the chart below to see some examples of a distracted person and a mindful person dealing with the same situation differently (as you can guess, the emoji to the left shows a distracted person, while the right side shows a present person).
What are the consequences
For the distracted person, life more often than not (but almost always) a constant reaction to the world and its stimuli. This leads to feelings of a lack of control and weakness when dealing with what's going on around them.
The present person knows what is in their power, and what is not. By focusing on what they can influence (their depth of focus, awareness, reaction to events, planning and executing), they drive changes in their lives and enjoy their days more often than not.
The distracted person works long hours, either due to not being efficient enough in work, or due to not having the focus on what's really important to prioritize at work. The present person, however, works efficiently and knows their energy limits, so they are able to leave work and live a life outside of it.
The distracted person is usually seen as depressed, anxious or irritable, which has an effect on the people he works with and comes into contact with outside of work. The present person, however, smiles at the world more often than the distracted one, which has a positive effect on the world around them.
Being distracted means being stressed over the long term, while being present means being at peace over the long term.
Basically, it's a question of whether a person lives on autopilot or deliberately lives their day.