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Transcendental Meditation enhances leadership performance on Wall Street
by Janet Hoffman
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26 June 2014
In Part 2 of a recent interview, Anita Warner describes how her daily Transcendental Meditation (TM) practice enhanced her leadership performance qualities, enabling her to move ahead in her successful career on Wall Street. The interview was conducted by Janet Hoffman, executive director of the Transcendental Meditation Program for Women Professionals in the United States.
JANET HOFFMAN: What was it like to be a woman in a strongly predominantly male business; how were you treated by clients, your bosses, and your male peers.
ANITA WARNER: I think it had its pros and cons. At Merrill Lynch, I started in a support position, but I began every morning with Transcendental Meditation before heading out to Wall Street, and it gave me unending energy and focus. Within two years, I became an Institutional Fixed Income sales professional and, ultimately, I earned the title of Vice President.
A VP in this division had the responsibilities of handling major clients. Even though there were few women at the time, I found I was personally capable of hard work and of going the extra mile. There is no question that my Transcendental Meditation practice enhanced leadership performance qualities in me.
My successful job performance earned me the support of clients and management and enabled me to move me forward. In spite of the trend in the industry to have a more diversified workforce, which created more opportunity for minorities, including women, the field itself was extremely competitive and women had to work that much harder to be successful in the field. This proved to have positive results with clients because they were the beneficiaries of women working harder to prove themselves. The reward to me was that I had a very long and successful career, almost 20 years, and had many large and very loyal clients.
JANET: It is interesting to note that studies published in publications such as the Academy of Management Journal and Career Development International showed that TM improves job performance, job effectiveness, relationships with co-workers and supervisors, and decreased anxiety and tension on the job. At the time of the apex of your career, what percentage of similar jobs in the industry were held by women?
ANITA: Unfortunately, it was only about 20% and I am not sure it is much different today. Women have been found to take in stress more than men do, so the job can seem less tolerable to them than to men if the women don't find an effective means to build resistance to stress and a way to dissolve it. Also, women tend to be the caretakers at home of children and elderly parents and then find it hard to re-enter the workplace. In my experience, TM was effective in helping one through these kinds of challenges.
Global Good News will continue to feature this interview with Anita Warner.
Source: Transcendental Meditation Program for Women Professionals Blog
The Transcendental Meditation Program for Women Professionals in the United States is the official women's organization teaching Transcendental Meditation exclusively to women.
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