Episode 46

Published on:

27th Jul 2021

Minimalism provides a new level of clarity

Minimalism provides a new level of clarity

The value of minimalism in leadership

The focus of minimalism is not on “to own or not to own” but rather to gain clarity in removing distractions that continually impact the way you spend your days.

Being a minimalist doesn’t just happen. You must have a level of intentionality in order for minimalism to impact the way to spend your days; the way you lead your life. 

Becoming more minimalistic allows a person to create a space where a space did not exist.  

Becoming a minimalist is a way of life, a purposeful decision-making process to remove the distractions so that you can increase your focus and clarity on what matters the most in your life.  

What leader doesn’t long for less distractions.

Questions for a leader to consider:

  1. Where do I have influence in my days where I can control change?
  2. What am I creating space for?

Five of the twelve benefits of becoming a minimalist from Joshua Becker. He calls them the life-giving universal benefits of minimalism:

  • More time and energy
  • Less stress 
  • Less distraction
  • Less environmental impact
  • More contentment

Thanks for joining me today on the Art of Leadership. You can find me a www.healthyleadership.online


Becker, J. (2016). The More of Less. WaterBrook Press: Colorado. p. 8-10.

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The Art of Leadership
The Art of Leadership focuses on soft skills... some of the hardest skills a leader will ever learn.
The Art of Leadership with Dr. Niña Ellison focuses on the soft skills of leadership, their value and the power of their influence. As a leader, if you are interested in moving from success to significance then balancing both hard and soft skills is essential!

Hard skills are demonstrated through technical expertise that results in clearly measured goals being reached. They are vital to the success of any initiative or program. On the other hand, soft skills emphasize the transformation of people. They highlight behavioral changes and making a difference in people’s lives.

This podcast is for leaders who are seeking a fresh perspective into some of the hardest soft skills a leader will ever learn. You can connect with Niña at https://www.ninaellison.com

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Niña Ellison

In 2019, after years of leading teams varying from international disaster relief and healthcare to the US Corporate world, Niña founded Healthy Leadership to focus on her passion for partnering with leaders in their growth and sustainability. Her own journey into soft skill development has convinced her that while her technical skills helped her get her foot in the door, her soft skills moved the influence of her leadership from success to significance.

As a soft skill specialist Niña takes monthly deep dives in her podcast series, The Art of Leadership, to explore the underlying dimensions of soft skills. She knows that soft skill development is not so much about WHAT but HOW a leader leads.
• From a 10,000 foot view a leader pursuing soft skills asks, “How do I problem solve; How do I manage time and energy?”
• From a 1,000-foot view that same leader, as they dig deeper into soft skills, begins asking questions like, “How do I listen; or How do gain self-control?”
• From Ground Zero the leader recognizes that there are underlying dimensions of soft skills as they ask, “How do I model respect for all; How do I sustain hope; How do I demonstrate appropriate love in the workplace; How do I maintain the right attitude?” How do I lead by serving?

Nina believes that behind every wildly effective and sustainable system and process are leaders and teams who have interwoven soft skills into every phase of their work.