The complexity and relentless pace in business and education places exceptional demands on leaders today.
Research shows that leaders of successful schools define success not only in terms of test and examination results, but also in terms of personal and social outcomes, pupil and staff motivation, engagement and wellbeing, the quality of teaching and learning and the school’s contribution to the community.
So what determines the climate of an organisation?
It’s the leader. Between 50% and 70% of how employees perceive their organisation’s climate is attributable to the actions and behaviours of their leader. A leader creates the environment that determines people’s moods at the office and employees’ mood, in turn, affects their productivity and level of engagement.
Not surprisingly then, some of the key qualities of great leaders – clarity, compassion, focus and creativity are cultivated by the mental discipline of mindfulness to more consistently be present.
Leaders who have experienced mindful leadership training report that it provides a “transformative experience” with significant improvements in innovation, self-awareness, listening, and decision making. In FINDING THE SPACE TO LEAD, Janice Marturano masterfully lays out her proven techniques for integrating mindfulness into our busy working lives. Previously Janice was a Vice President, Public Responsibility and Deputy General Counsel for General Mills, Inc for 15 years before leaving to dedicate herself full time to the Institute for Mindful Leadership.
A state-of-the-art reference, drawing on key contemporary research to provide an in-depth, international, and competencies-based approach to the psychology of leadership, change and OD
- Puts cutting-edge evidence at the fingertips of organizational psychology practitioners who need it most, but who do not always have the time or resources to keep up with scholarly research
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Click above to read the Chapter by Michael Chaskalson co-written with Jeremy Hunter for this Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of the Psychology of Leadership, Change and Organizational Development.
The 2014 Mindfulness at Work conference will help generate answers to important questions about what we really know about mindfulness at work, and how can we most effectively translate this knowledge into action?
Mindfulness is an increasingly hot topic in the international business press, and there is a great appetite in the UK and elsewhere to engage with it and explore its benefits, as well as growing interest from many different stakeholders in bringing mindfulness into organisations.
Congressman Tim Ryan On Mindful Leadership
Huffington Post's Third Metric
11 March 2014
Huffington Post's Third Metric seeks to redefine success beyond money and power. As part of our ongoing series, we speak with Congressman Tim Ryan about mindful leadership and silencing the noise in Washington, D.C.
If as Intel indicate "There's no price tag on a clear mind" why aren't all School Headteachers advocating this for their staff and pupils?
Intel and Google have both bought into mindfulness, opening up opportunities for their employees to learn the practice. The tech giant Intel has developed a nine-week mindfulness program for its workforce of over 100,000 employees in 63 countries across the globe. But with no numerical return on investment, what's the business case?