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Mindful Leadership

A three-day seminar over a two-month period

Topic

Companies are required to cultivate structures, conditions and capacities to allow employees to engage in a fast-paced, dynamic and complex environment in a healthy and creative manner. In many leadership settings, traditional leadership and management methods are no longer sufficient for this. In order to collectively develop the relationships and skills needed to solve what are often conflicting challenges, managers must possess a great deal of purposeful attention, inner clarity and mental agility as well as the capacity to resonate fully with co-workers and clients – they need to be mindful and compassionate. Mindfulness is the ability to be aware of what is happening at the present moment without getting caught up in judgments and identifications. Managers who practice mindfulness are able to perceive their feelings, body signals, patterns of thought and impulses. They can consciously regulate their reactions and approach challenges more concertedly. At the same time, this heightened self-awareness creates mental spaciousness that allows them to truly listen to their counterpart and to be appreciatively clear and present. Mindfulness can be noticeably improved through regular, systematic training. Neuroscientific research has shown that even a few weeks of daily training can bring about changes in the areas of the brain that are responsible for:

  • Focus and awareness • Mental agility
  • Memory
  • Intuition
  • Resilience
  • Social connectivity

The seminar is centered on meditative mindfulness exercises, discussing experiences, and incorporation into everyday leadership. Mindfulness is not only a matter of formal daily practice (at least 10 minutes) – it is also used in leadership settings, whether in meetings, conversations, decisions or conflicts. It is only thus that mindfulness evolves into a mindset that forms a basis for clarity, presence, satisfaction and appreciation in leadership, and thus in the organization itself.

Objectives

Mindful Leadership is an experience-based program. During the three-day seminar spread out over two months, the participants learn:

  • To disengage from their cognitive autopilot and to purposefully focus their attention on their present experience
  • To use focused and enhanced awareness for wise decisions and new courses of action
  • To recognize and regulate their emotions and to pay attention to the information they contain
  • To make space for innovation – at both the individual and organizational level
  • To enhance inclusiveness and agile co-creation in communication and leadership

Target group

Mindful Leadership is geared towards managers and project heads who would like to learn the organizational, individual and social benefits of a new style of leadership based on regulating one's attention and emotions, self-management and appreciation.

Mindful leadership is a skill and a mindset that is continuously fine-tuned. As a result, participants must be willing to practice 10–20 minutes each day over a period of at least two months and to reflect on their experiences using targeted questions.

Benefits for Your Organization

Managers who practice mindful leadership are better able to authentically and flexibly harness their potential in managing themselves, building relationships, dealing with changes and difficult challenges, decision-making processes and collective learning.

Content

On-site day 1: The individual

  • Personal cognitive, emotional and physical profile of open-mindedness and stress
  • Mindfulness exercises to improve attention regulation and perception
  • Metacognition: an appreciative internal vantage point for reflecting on experience
  • Results from research in neurobiology and cognitive psychology
  • Options for disengaging your autopilot: open-mindedness in everyday life

On-site day 2: Dialog

  • Dialogs in mindfulness mode: speaking, listening, exploring
  • Mindful perception and regulation of team processes
  • Mindfulness exercises on handling impulses, reactivity patterns, difficulties and reflection

On-site day 3: Mindful leadership

  • Mindfulness in decision-making processes
  • Empathy and appreciation in relationship building and confrontation
  • Mindful leadership: fluid and stable in the context of tasks, culture, structure and processes
  • Mindfulness exercises and reflection to enhance and cultivate prosocial behavior in leadership

Webinars 1 and 2

  • Group mindfulness exercise and discussion
  • Forum for instructions and answering questions
  • Instructions for mindfulness exercises (audio files) and documents will be provided.

Seminar structure at a glance

 

Dates

3 days on-site by arrangement. Webinars by arrangement.

Methods

The experiential basis of the seminar consists of meditative mindfulness exercises lasting roughly 10 minutes: group training on focusing and stabilizing the appreciative internal vantage point (metacognition). Input with recent findings in neuroscience, psychology and management science inform the cognitive framework. Instruction and discussion help participants shape their own training and incorporate it into everyday leadership. Audio recordings, course materials, webinars and weekly responses to questions on a virtual forum support daily training (10–20 min.) and work on assignments between the first, second and third days of the seminar.

Trainers

Mindful Leadership was developed by Barbara Pamment of the Institute for Mindfulness and is based on the ethical guidelines and quality standards of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT).

Barbara Pamment is a psychologist and consultant for organizational and leadership development and has over 30 years of international experience in management consulting, coaching, training and leadership. She is the Chairperson of the Swiss-based Institute for Mindfulness and has taught mindfulness-based seminars in industrial and service companies for several years. Barbara Pamment has an MSt in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) from the University of Oxford in the UK. The basis of her work is informed by her meditation practice of over 30 years.

Katrin Micklitz has been working worldwide for over 15 years as facilitator and coach and consultant in leadership development and cross-cultural communication. She has worked for 5 years as a senior consultant in a leadership position. Having completed an MSt in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, University of Oxford, UK, Katrin Micklitz now teaches mindfulness courses in Berlin and in organizations throughout Germany.

Contact us

We look forward to discussing with you the implementation of the Mindfull Leadership Training based on the intentions of your organization.

Institute for Mindfulness - Müliwiesstrasse 55 - 8487 - Zell - Switzerland - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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