The Power of Individual Mindfulness and Leadership to Transform a Collective System

Conference: The Asian Undergraduate Research Symposium (AURS2021)
Title: The Power of Individual Mindfulness and Leadership to Transform a Collective System
Stream: Education
Presentation Type: Virtual Poster Presentation
Takumi Sampei, Soka Univercity, Japan


This exploratory case study investigated the power of individual mindfulness to transform a collective system, within an organization, and in society. Specifically, how does the quality of attention and intention make a difference on the outcome and process of transformation. Theory U, which is the base of this study, has practical benefits for how to think about and see the world, listen to others, and take action to bring individuals from an ego-system to an eco-system (Scharmer, 2018). This study presents findings on key informant interviews conducted with two female leaders, the founder of Guinness World Records Japan and a social entrepreneur who received her MBA from MIT. The themes which emerged in the data analysis referred to experiences of mindfulness, leadership styles, and mindfulness in changes. The findings of this exploratory case study demonstrated connections from past research to the interview data, responding to the research questions: 1. How does mindfulness influence the quality of attention and environmental sensibility? 2. What is the role of mindfulness in leadership? 3. What is the role of mindfulness in transforming a collective system? The discussion examines the relevance of the findings to the field of leadership and limitations. The discussion section examines how focusing on your inner world and understanding its impact on the world around you prevents one from holding fast to only one’s opinions.

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