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By Jason Wilton

What traits do the very best leaders exhibit? When you know what great leaders do, it’s easier to develop your enlightened leadership skills. So, let’s examine some of what the best of the best do on a regular basis.

Great leaders look backwards and forward.

You’ve probably heard many people say that enlightened leadership is forward-thinking. That’s definitely part of the story. The best leaders are always looking over the horizon, seeing what’s ahead and visualizing the best future course of action. That’s just half of the process, though. The great leaders also look back to history. They want to know how things got the way they are and what empirical evidence shows them about possible future courses of action. They look forward while learning from the past.

Enlightened leadership is an honest process.

The best leaders don’t bother stretching the truth, shielding people from uncomfortable realities or otherwise engaging in dishonest behavior. They recognize the role trust plays in leadership and they treat it as something sacred. They know that being honest is the best way to gain respect and to persuade others to follow their lead. There’s no room for dishonesty in enlightened leadership.

Awesome leaders take time to listen.

Communication is an essential aspect of quality leadership. That means that leaders must do a good job of conveying their ideas and messages. That’s not all of what goes into great communication, though. There’s a listening component at play, as well. The very best leaders make time to listen to others. They really pay attention to what’s said and they use that information and opinion as part of their decision making calculus. They’re not insulated and aloof. They’re accessible and they really do make a point of caring about the perspectives of others.

Those three characteristics are definitely among the most significant components of enlightened leadership. It would be a gross oversimplification to claim that anyone exhibiting those three traits was guaranteed to be a fabulous leader, but it isn’t an exaggeration to argue that all good leaders will make a point of looking back and into the future while being honest and accessible.

If you’re sincerely interested in becoming a truly wonderful leader, you’ll note those traits and do everything in your power to make them part of your approach. They’re not sufficient to elevate you to your full potential, but their undoubtedly necessary for anyone who wants to display enlightened leadership skills.

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Tuesday, December 29th, 2009 | Author:
Holiday Stress Buster

Holiday Stress Buster

The holiday season is nearly upon us, ultimately the holidays are supposed to be a joyous time to spend with family and friends. What the means to most of us is expectation. Expectations that are places on us by ourselves and others. Expectations about our time, our money and to some degree our sanity.

The holidays tends to lend themselves to us stretching ourselves too thin, between a multitude of events and people. Stretching our dollars and time as far as they will go also, most times further than they can go. With mounting bills that we know will arrive in the new year and lack of sleep it’s no wonder that depression rats and the sickness rates rise over the holidays.

Ideally in this season we take extra time for ourselves, bubble baths, massage appointments, making sure that we eat healthy and get in enough exercise but that is setting the bar even higher. Even though yoga is a natural stress buster, the last thing we need to do is add another commitment, something to feel guilty about not being able to fit into our schedules.

Try this easy stress Buster. Next time the stress levels sky rocket – just breath & be present in the moment:

1.) Stop what you are doing

2.) Take a nice big breath in- feeling the breath travel all the way down to our toes

3.) Clear all thoughts from our minds

4.) Exhale

After this grounding breath you should feel more present and a little more relaxes to carry on with all the festivities.

This article by Gaylene Thoeny, a 500hr Registered Yoga Teacher, yogi and mom. Go to for more information. Gaylene specializes in yoga and lifestyle management. Creating a grounded life on and off the mat.

By Gaylene Thoeny

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