MINDFUL LEADERSHIP TRAINING
Mindful Leadership: Resilience, Collaboration and the Ability to Navigate Compexity
Mindfulness can powerfully help leaders to practice in the complex, dynamic and fast-paced context of the 21st century. Above all, leadership today calls for three key leadership capacities: resilience, collaboration and the ability to stay agile and to lead in conditions of high complexity.
Research, conducted by Michael Chaskalson and Megan Reitz with a cohort of 57 senior business leaders at Ashridge Business School examined the extent to which our eight-week Mindful Leader training programme would improve these key capacities.
The evidence suggests that the programme was indeed effective in developing the participants’ capacities for resilience, collaboration and leading in complexity.
This allowed us to develop a theory of mindful leadership. We found that the training improved three key meta-capacities: metacognitive capability, the capacity for ‘allowing’ and an attitude of curiosity. These in turn helped to create a ‘space’ in their flow of experience that allowed our participants to respond, as opposed to react, to events. That influenced a number of critical leadership skills: focus, emotional regulation, empathy, adaptability and perspective taking. These in turn resulted in improvements to their resilience, their capacity for collaboration and their ability to stay agile and to lead in conditions of complexity.
For leaders today, mindfulness works!
To discuss how we might craft a mindful leadership training programme for your own organisation, do get in touch.
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