Maintaining A Peaceful Mind In A Busy Everyday Life

We interviewed Mads Qwist about external leadership training, what makes great leaders as well as the ’State of Mind’ framework. Mads states that, for a broad and generic framework to define great leaders, he makes use of the acronym GREAT. Lose yourself in this article to feed your curiosity.
What do you see as the main motivations for why companies engage in external leadership training? As a leadership consultant, what are the key things you typically assess and develop on? 

As an external consultant and trainer I bring perspective, expertise and valuable experiences across industries and businesses. I have the advantage of not getting caught up in the operation, deadline and pressing matters. I make sure that I see and understand the big picture and where the client is going, so I can create a process that supports the vision and at the same time is enabling their unique ressources right now.

One of the ‘secret’ tricks to what I do is being the space in their calendar – when they are booked for a session with me they dont book anything else – and help them slow their thinking down, so we open up a quiet space with in them to discover themselves and make room for fresh thinking and new ideas. I focus on inspiring, training and supporting ambitious leaders to become more conscious – the inner work for outer action. I help them feel more peace of mind, experience greater clarity, feel more confidence, connecting with the people around them, ignite their creativity, strengthen commitment and in general enable their natural high performance. 

In relation to this, what would you say are the key attributes that make a great leader? 

There are many important and very different attributes in great leaders. For a broad and generic framework I like to use the acronym GREAT, I believe great leaders are:

Grounded – they understand and utilize the innate peace and clarity coming from within.

Relational – they treasure and work actively with the relations around them.

Engaging – they take the responsibility of inspiring and engaging their team, piers and other collaborators.

Ambitious – they seek the fine balance of ambitious and meaningful goals that drives and encourage high performance without tearing and demotivating. 

Transformational – they see the potential in every human being and encourage and supports its unfolding and connecting it to the core business. 

Can you explain the framework of  ‘State of Mind’ and the underlying psychological principles of this? 

‘State of Mind’ refers to the level of clarity and consciousness we experience in any given moment. As long as we live we have the potential to grow and expand our consciousness and our ‘State of Mind’. Behind the framework ‘State of Mind’ is three essential psychological principles. And catching a glimpse of these principles in action in our own lifes can have a transformational experience of simplicity and explaining a lot of our day to day experiences.  

‘State of Mind’ refers to the level of clarity and consciousness we experience in any given moment.

Having a busy day and mind is standard for many leaders, how do you transform an overwhelmed mind to clarity and creativity? 

We have gotten used to having a busy mind. That is the norm for many leaders and in many businesses. That is why one of my core contributions is helping the individual, the team and sometimes the whole organization to slow down to the speed of excellence. 

The cool thing is when you get a feel of how life is and how your performance improves at a slower pace, most people get an intrinsic urge to start slowing down and finding their own paths to do so.

The cool thing is when you get a feel of how life is and how your performance improves at a slower pace, most people get an intrinsic urge to start slowing down and finding their own paths to do so.

So my job is showing them and giving them a taste of what is possible. And then support them as they wake up to their full potential and the magnificence of a more conscious life and conscious leadership.  

Mads Qwist is the Founder and Managing Partner of Qwist and Associates. His mission is to improve leaders world wide to understand the magnificent human potential they and their team possess so they can go twice as far with half the effort in co-creating the success they are set out to accomplish.

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