Mindful Leadership – “Slow Down to Move Faster”
The Mindfulness movement can now be found in every corner of the leadership world – Google, eBay, Facebook, Deutsche Bank, KPMG, McKinsey and even the US Marines force: Google offers an internal mindfulness course called ‘Search Inside Yourself’, which has already trained more than 2000 employees; Since 2014, the British Parliament members have met regularly for mindfulness practice; ‘Mindful Schools in the US’ program has reached more than 200,000 students and educators in 60 countries.
With all the pressures in modern society, especially in business, it is very difficult to find the right equilibrium between following long-term values and short-term financial goals. Taking on greater leadership responsibilities, the key is to stay grounded and authentic, face new challenges with humility, and balance professional success with more important but less easily quantified measures of personal success.
The practice of Mindful leadership provides tools to measure and manage life while living it. It teaches leaders to pay attention to the present moment, to recognize feelings and emotions and to keep them under control, especially when faced with highly stressful situations. Mindfulness is about being able to both observe and participate in each moment, while recognizing the implications of any action in the long term. Therefore, the pursuit of Mindfulness may help leaders to achieve clarity in decision-making, reduce worry of unimportant things, nurture passion for work and compassion for others, and develop the ability to empower their employees.
The course focuses on authentic leadership development and provides insights and tools to practice Mindful leadership, which enables ultimately students to ground their careers in their beliefs, values and principles. By challenging students’ definition of success and what is important in their lives, they may see success as making a positive difference in the lives of their friends, their organizations, their families, and society – as a whole.
1.What is Mindfulness? Definitions and the Challenges in the Modern World
2. Personal Responsibility: Choices, Blaming the Other and the Meaning of Success
3. Letting Go: Limiting Beliefs, Fears and Self-Judgement
4. Work-Life Balance and Non-Reactivity: Automatic Pilot and Impulsivity
5. What is a Happy Leader? Mind Wandering and Unhappiness
6. Resilience: Coping with Difficulties and Stress
7. Authentic Leadership: Unleash your True Potential
8. Listening to Yourself and to Others
9. Clarity in Decision Making and Mindful Negotiation
10. Inspiring Others and Managing Teams
11. Creativity and Innovation in a Multitasking Environment
12. Ethical Leadership: Purpose and Values
13. Empathy, Gratitude and Compassion