Evidence suggests that mindfulness can help to reduce stress and anxiety, increase resilience, divergent thinking, job satisfaction and improve focus and leadership flexibility. But is it enough? Having researched mindfulness in organizations and for leaders for many years, we advocate its implementation in many situations. But we also believe that when it comes to the ability of individuals and teams to thrive at work, a team’s culture will repeatedly trump most individuals’ mindfulness practice. It’s not enough for people at work to build their capacity for emotional regulation if they’re persistently bullied or work in a toxic team.
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