Just Stay in the Pocket as a Caring Leader



Leaders  provide direction, successful leaders maintain progress, visionaries, authoritarian, and are influential. Yeas those are the traits that most good and successful leaders have. So ask yourself, what do non-leaders do? Not nothing, because if you are doing nothing, you are actually still doing something, it’s nothing. A non-leader is somebody that may not have influence on the people around them in the workplace, because you can still #GSD and not lead those around you.

Engberg 2015


Staying in the pocket as a leader means to never give up when situations seem to be difficult. Stay focused on what is going on around you and be that example to your cohorts, family, or even to yourself. Too me that is what staying in the pocket means.



  • They are able to manipulate and change the environment for personal gain.
  • Influential in the way that they can support the organization or the people around them to achieving goals.
  • Successful leaders have the ability to develop and maintain solid relationships.
  • Generate “Buy-In” from the team by dedicating themselves to the organization or completing a project.
  • It is important for leaders to “lead by example” in order to influence those around them. Stay away from the notion of “do as I say, not as I do.”
  • Keeping a high level of integrity that aligns with the leaders behavior and not yours.
  • One of the most important leadership traits is being able to empower those around them. A leader is able to do this by giving up some of their power to someone else.
  • The opposite of empowering is micromanaging and that is not what a leader wants to do.




Hurley 2011

The 5 basis of power are first applied to the person being an expert (the technical ability and knowledge of the industry), and referent or charisma (persuasive, engaging, describes the power you have because they refer to you. It values how you do things with consistency). The second piece of the 5 basis focus on the position as legitimate, coercive, and reward. Most effective leaders have a combination of expert, referent, and reward. Trust can be defined as a willingness to be vulnerable and take calculated risk. Creating trust happens when there is a perceived ability, integrity, and benevolence.


Ask yourself this, how can mindfulness be incorporated into leadership?

Through TRUST!


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