Leading Mindfully: Taking Effective Personal Action

  • Leading Mindfully: Taking Effective Personal Action
  • Managing yourself is the basis for being a capable leader.  A core leadership skill is effectively facing unpredictable and ambiguous situations. Yet where do you learn to do this? This Leading Mindfully program offers a deep dive into your patterns of reaction and their connection to your leadership results. Through a series of challenging experiential exercises, participants learn to enhance their attention in new ways and shift to more effective patterns of taking action.

    Offered in partnership between the Darden and Drucker Schools, the Leading Mindfully series helps leaders learn how to use mindfulness to increase effective action. This Leading Mindfully: Taking Effective Personal Action course, taught at Drucker, focuses on personal applications, while Leading Mindfully: Connecting for Organizational Results, taught here at Darden, emphasizes interactive and organizational applications. The courses can be taken alone or together in either order for a comprehensive introduction to mindful leadership.  

  • At a Glance

    Drucker School of Management In spite of a hurried, 24-7, technologized, global and competitive environment, "You cannot manage other people unless you manage yourself first," according to Peter Drucker. The Leading Mindfully series enables you to grow your capacity for centered leadership that leads to more effective personal and organizational results. In Leading Mindfully: Taking Effective Personal Action, this 2.5 day program taught at the Drucker School of Management in Claremont, California, you will take a closer look at your personal habits and patterns in order to develop new approaches to taking effective personal action. In Leading Mindfully: Connecting for Organizational Results, a 3.5 day program taught at the Darden School of Business in Charlottesville, Virginia, you will develop personal and social skills necessary to interact more mindfully and lead improved organizational results. You will leave each program with practical tools you can apply immediately to your work and life.  

    The Program

    Grounded in academic research in neuroscience, psychology, rhetoric, and performance, these courses will help you identify and transform personal triggers and habits of attention that influence your ability to take action. Research shows that more mindful leaders enjoy higher quality of life, have teams that perform better, and sustain themselves over the long run. You will develop new attention and social interaction skills that improve your ability to learn and innovate, take personal action, engage in crucial conversations, give important presentations, and lead team meetings. With consistent practice, leaders can connect within themselves, with others, and with their organizations and stakeholders with a greater sense of clarity, flow, and effectiveness.

    Each program features a signature exercise that is designed for observing your own leadership in action. Additional exercises inspired by meditation, yoga, improv and acting are woven throughout the programs. In fact, the majority of the programs will be conducted in an auditorium to underscore the reality that when you are a leader, you are always "on stage." 

    Serving as your own case study in the Leading Mindfully programs, you are the lead character in your own leadership story. Participants will be asked to bring their own leadership challenges to work on during the program. Participants will leave with a leading mindfully action plan and immediately applicable learning. 

    To help sustain your learning and behavior change, after the program we will follow-up in a few weeks with an online group meeting. You will also be invited to join a closed LinkedIn group only for past participants of  Leading Mindfully programs.

    Where You'll Excel

    • Discover the link between quality of attention and quality of results
    • Understand your automatic reactions and shift to more intentional responses
    • Learn to take centered action and interact more effectively
    • Lay the groundwork for improved well-being and relationships
    • Fulfill your leadership potential and support your organization's purpose


    In Leading Mindfully: Taking Effective Personal Action, we'll specifically focus on:

    • Are You Undermining Your Effectiveness without Realizing It?
    • The Science behind How Your Mind Actually Works
    • Why Managing Your Nervous System is Key to Managing Yourself
    • Mindfulness as a Strategic Tool
    • How to Change Your Relationship with Fear and Increase Your Resilience


    You'll walk away from  Leading Mindfully: Taking Effective Personal Action with:

    • Understanding how your automatic reactions can produce unwanted results
    • Methods for shifting your reactions on the fly for better results
    • Steps to take to center and ground yourself in the midst of action
    • A plan to systematically practice leading mindfully
    • Greater stamina for dealing with ambiguity and change


    The Leading Mindfully programs are for high-potential and experienced senior managers and leaders. These programs are especially well-suited for those who need to not only reduce stress, increase resilience and better manage themselves, but for those who also want to improve their performance by becoming more self-aware, engaged and effective. Participants should be capable of participating in gentle restorative yoga practice; no prior experience is necessary.


    Elizabeth Powell

    Assistant Professor of Business Administration
    Powell created and teaches "Communicating through Leadership Presence," an executive MBA course that is dedicated to exploring the axiom that "when you are a leader, you are always on stage." Through an original and eclectic blend of techniques drawing from rhetorical, acting, yoga and mindfulness exercises, Lili helps her students speak their minds and their hearts, even when their voices shake. She is the co-author of Women in Business: Changing the Face of Leadership  and is currently at work on a new book called Present: Wise Practices for Leadership Presence. Powell holds a B.A. in psychology and rhetoric and communication studies and an M.A. in rhetoric and communication studies from the University of Virginia. She also earned a Ph.D. in rhetoric from Northwestern University, with a concentration in performance studies.

    Jeremy Hunter

    Drucker School of Management, Claremont Graduate University
    Hunter created and teaches "The Executive Mind," a series of challenging and transformative executive education courses that have run for ten years and are dedicated to Drucker's assertion that "you cannot manage other people unless you manage yourself first." Hunter's courses challenge leaders to relentlessly transform themselves to face the demands of a complex and volatile world. He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Mindful, the Los Angeles Time s and National Public Radio's Morning Edition. Dr. Hunter holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Wittenberg University, an M.P.P. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Chicago. Visit his website at www.jeremyhunter.net.

    Location & Accommodations

    Drucker School of Management
    Claremont Graduate University
    Claremont, California

    As a participant, you'll stay in a private room at a local hotel recommended by Drucker. Accommodations are included in your tuition.

    Tuition & Certificates

    $3,900 covers materials, meals and accommodations.

    By taking this course, you will earn one week of credit toward a Certificate of Specialization.