Management is under significant pressure today, from both the company as well as the human perspective. Companies are demanding more and more results and consequently, managers are putting more pressure on their employees. This increase in pressure creates dissatisfaction in employees because they are struggling to meet the tremendous expectations and are inevitably caught up in a vicious cycle of stress without a foreseeable solution. Managers are also suffering from this cycle and as a result are taking more sick leave, vacation time, and in some cases medicine, along with many other quick-fix solutions that do not solve the problem from its root.
Understanding how to create good managers is the first step in creating solutions that will ease the pressure of this cycle. The defining feature of a good manager is good people skills; the ability to understand people and bring them together in a way that motivates them and helps them thrive and deliver goals efficiently and effectively. Good employees don’t automatically become good managers because they haven’t had to rely on developing this skills, but it doesn’t mean they can’t develop them with the right training and tools.
Emotional and social awareness (and intelligence) are the backbone of people skills. Essentially, this type of intelligence and awareness gives people the understanding and ability to turn theoretical knowledge into practice when managers are faced with the reality and dynamism of working with others to achieve certain goals. Emotional and social intelligence implies better understanding of others, better communication, the ability to problem solve, visualize the bigger picture, etc. These skills help employees feel heard, useful and motivate and help managers deliver results with more creativity and resilience. So, how do we develop these skills?
Business applied meditation is a very effective self-development tool that can help future and current managers build people skills. These series of meditations help primarily as a way for managers to develop emotional strength, clarity and ability to motivate others, understand them, and to lead effectively. This inner strength is a key for motivating others because it encourages trust from others while maintaining focus on a specific goal that benefits the whole. MyVincha meditation programs focus specifically on building these skills and helping individuals become great managers.