An 8-step training program
Today’s companies are required to cultivate structures, conditions and skills that allow for employees to engage innovatively with and adapt to a fast paced and dynamic environment. Leadership in these circumstances is becoming ever more complex and demanding. To co-create the engaging relationships and the availability of the skills needed to solve contentious problems, leaders require a high level of awareness, inner clarity, mental flexibility, emotional intelligence and resonating communication skills – they require mindfulness.
Mindfulness is a quality of attention where we see things more clearly and accurately, including the workings of our mind and their impact on our actions and decisions. Instead of being driven by habitual concepts and emotions, the clarity and compassion that emerge from mindfulness allow us to be more present and responsive with ourselves and others. Mindfulness enables a more intelligent and balanced use of our inner and outer resources, leading to more satisfaction and better results.
As a skill, mindfulness can be trained. Research has shown that only ten minutes of daily practice over an eight-week period can have a noticeable impact on those areas of the brain that are responsible for our ability to
- direct our attention and stay both focused and receptive
- adapt to change quickly
- learn from our experience and use our intuition
- be resilient to physical and emotional distress
- bring compassion to ourselves and others – increasing overall health and satisfaction
A set of simple yet powerful techniques that can easily be incorporated into the work-place help leaders develop mindfulness and bring it step-by-step into their lives, their leadership and their organization.
- bring both focused and broad attention to evident and hidden cues, allowing them to tap into multiple perspectives
- are respectfully curious and re-appraise their own habitual self-reinforcing mindsets and expectations that guide their perceptions and decisions
- know about the tendency of the mind to cloud over with one’s problem-solving frenzy and deliberately and regularly step out into a restful, clear, still and non-judgmental awareness of what is experienced in the moment
- are kindly present and responsive with themselves and others, know how to listen and enquire deeply
- are sensitive to contextual shifts and tap into new information as a source of innovation
- invite and empower others to join in shared sense-making, decision-finding and leadership processes to manage ambiguity and contentious challenges
- positively impact the overall satisfaction and wellbeing of their employees
Mindful Leadership is an eight-week experiential training program, consisting of weekly sessions of 2.5 hours. Participants will explore in eight successive steps how to:
- step out of cognitive autopilot and consciously bring clear awareness to what is actually being experienced
- use both focused and broadened attention to make effective decisions
- regulate emotions and use the information they carry
- deal with contentious problems in a novel and more resource-oriented way
- create individual and organizational mind-space for innovation
- cultivate a new culture of a more inclusive communication and leadership
Mindful Leadership is different than mindfulness programs offered by companies such as Google, Adobe, and Intel. Mindful Leadership is based on the main principles of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) an evidence-based mindfulness-training program developed at the internationally renowned Oxford Mindfulness Centre, University of Oxford, UK and successfully taught around the world. Its strengths are its carefully crafted, simple yet effective structure and tools. Mindful Leadership has been developed by The Institute for Mindfulness to fit the particular needs of business leaders and organizations.
Every session includes short mindful practices, dialogues and inputs exploring mindfulness, its working from the perspective of cognitive and neuroscience, and mindful leadership. In between the sessions, participants are asked to practice different mindful techniques (Audio files and handouts will be provided) and new leadership habits. They are invited to keep a journal of their experiences, reflections and questions.
The program is aimed at leaders who are interested in exploring the organizational, societal and environmental need for a new and inclusive leadership stance which is rooted in the mindful regulation of attention, emotions, and self, and in compassion.
Benefits for your Organization
Leaders who practice Mindful Leadership know how to use their full potential and empower others to step up and lead.
Barbara Pamment is a psychologist and a consultant for organizational and leadership development. Her 28 years of international corporate and leadership experience provide her with an excellent foundation for her work as a coach and facilitator. Barbara Pamment is the chairperson of the Institute for Mindfulness based in Switzerland and has taught mindfulness trainings for 5 years. She holds an MSt in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, University of Oxford, UK. Her 30 years of meditation practice have been the nurturing ground for learning, developing, coaching, and teaching.
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.
8 Steps Towards Mindful Leadership
Step 1: Meet Your Busy Mind
Experience how easily our attention is habitually hijacked by inner and outer distractions. Notice how this impacts our perceptions, actions and wellbeing. Learn how we can train our mind to step out of autopilot and experience things in a different way.
Step 2: How Heart Rate and Hormones Impact Our Decisions
Notice how bodily signals inform our emotions, impulses and decisions. Learn how to access the body as resource for calm understanding.
Step 3: Stuck in Minding the Gap
Observe the tendency of our mind to jump into fixing problems and finding solutions. Discover when this might not be the smartest option and learn how to step back and create space for new ideas.
Step 4: It Might be Different than We Think
Explore the nature of our mind’s chatter. See the impact that our self-concepts and stories have on our actions and decisions. Identify your top 5 concepts that prevent you from living your full potential.
Step 5: Have a Cup of Tea with your Enemy
Discover your most popular avoidance strategies. Become aware of their costs and try out a novel, more resource-oriented way to deal with challenges.
Step 6: Just another Part of the Network
Explore the interdependent nature of leadership. Experience compassion as transformative force in leadership and the workplace.
Step 7: Leadership – What for?
Align your leadership with your values and the minds of others. Discover the power of mindful intentions on an individual and collective level. Become aware of the implications of your actions for others.
Step 8: Don’t Let the End Stop You
Explore how to keep the momentum and continue cultivating mindful leadership: What are the next steps? What can you do? What do you need? Set up your individual future training program.