IOM Mindful Leadership
for Supervisors and Line Managers
“Managers who can effectively focus on others are easy to recognize. They are the ones who find common ground, whose opinions carry the most weight, and with whom other people want to work. They emerge as natural leaders regardless of organizational or social rank.”
— Daniel Goleman, Ph.D. Author of Emotional Intelligence
Why Mindful Leadership?
Effective leadership in today’s VUCA world takes extraordinary mental strength and resilience. It’s increasingly difficult to stand with clarity, concentration and calm amid escalating pressure, distraction and constant change.
Studies show that our managers are overworked, overwhelmed and short on the bandwidth needed for big-picture thinking or effective problem-solving. At the same time, they’re grappling with a multigenerational, increasingly virtual, largely disengaged workforce, that demands an entirely new array of interpersonal competencies.
Mindfulness is an effective intervention for these mental and emotional challenges. It provides the skill-set to clear away chronic stress, anxiety and negativity — to pause and engage others with presence and authenticity — to feel empathy and convey compassion — to listen with calm and patience — to deeply and intuitively understand a person or situation — and to respond strategically with confidence and emotional control.
Mindfulness is not a metaphysical construct, it is a science-proven process for neural training that delivers predictable and remarkably positive benefits in health and wellness, cognitive performance and emotional intelligence. It is a uniquely powerful new paradigm for strengthening today's most important leadership competencies.
Mindfulness Turns Good Managers into Great Leaders
In most organizations, supervisors and managers are responsible for the largest employee populations – yet, according to Gallup Research, 82% of them are non-effective leaders. Many otherwise high-potential managers are simply blind to gaps in their perception, or harbor an unconscious bias, or are unable to “read” the effect they’re having on other team members and subordinates.
This diminishes their effectiveness as leaders, and can inadvertently create situations that hinder performance, destroy engagement, and discourage top talent — which is why Harvard, Wharton, Stanford, Kellogg, London School of Economics, INSEAD and other top U.S. and international business schools are introducing mindful leadership into their core management curricula.
Mindfulness is a path to mental clarity and self-awareness — a methodology for strengthening logic, planning, critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making — and a force-multiplier for social and emotional intelligence. It calms and focuses the mind — and strengthens the states, traits and interpersonal skills that are essential to effective leadership.
“Focus, clarity, creativity, compassion, and courage. These are the qualities of the mindful leaders I have worked with, taught, mentored, and studied. They give today’s best leaders the resilience to cope with challenges, and the resolve to sustain long-term success.”
— William George, Senior Fellow at Harvard Business School and Former CEO, Medtronics
Self-Practice courses include:
A 2-hour introductory Master Class
A richly featured, cross platform mobile app
A 6-week roadmap for getting started
A 6-week series of email practice lessons
Links to curated tools and resources
Guided Practice courses include:
All the above, PLUS
Pre-and-post course assessments
A 6-week series of one-hour practice classes
Custom Practice courses include:
Any the above options, PLUS
Add or alternate practice classes
Choose custom formats and schedules