Flow Leadership2019-07-29T11:48:50+01:00

“Enjoyment appears at the boundary between boredom and anxiety, when the challenges are just balanced with the person’s capacity to act.” (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi)

One prerequisite of experiencing Flow is a good match between a person’s skill level and the difficulty of the challenge he or she is trying to meet. As a rule, the higher are the skill and the challenge levels, the more frequent and intensive tends to be the Flow experience.

Surveys and scientific studies have found that while most people enjoy working when it provides Flow, too few jobs are designed to make Flow possible. This is where those in managerial and leadership positions – and most adults do find themselves in such situations, in a variety of settings, for longer periods or from time to time – can and should make a difference by eliminating obstacles to Flow at all levels of the team or organisation and instituting policies and practices designed to make work enjoyable.

A workplace conducive to Flow is ideal because it attracts the most able individuals, is likely to keep them longer, and obtains spontaneous effort from their work. It is best, too, from the viewpoints of employees because it supports their skill development and personal growth –key building blocks of a happier life. The combination of these benefits of Flow-promoting leadership is certain to improve any organisation’s multi-dimensional “bottom line.”

One attraction of Flow-promoting leadership is that the resulting organisational and workforce benefits can be obtained at practically no cost. Adopting Flow-promoting management is like taking a low-hanging fruit.

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Why is Flow important?

When we are in this state of Flow, we perform at our peak. Not only do our productivity levels soar, but we experience a deep sense of satisfaction. Work becomes a source of enjoyment.

“Flow” is being in the zone, getting the groove, being on fire, or just being in a totally optimal state for peak performance. It is that magical moment when everything seems to come together – you become fully immersed in the activity, fears and insecurities melt away, action become spontaneous, and you feel fully alive and in the present moment. Flow is a mental state in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energised focus, full involvement, and enjoyment.