Leading Mindfully

  • Even the hardest-working managers can feel "crazy busy," with disruptions, 24-hours-a-day technology, time zone juggling and fragmented attention creating an epidemic of overwhelmed, off-balance and burned-out leaders. But as Peter Drucker said, "You cannot manage other people unless you manage yourself first."

  • At a Glance

    Drucker School of Management Research shows that more mindful leaders have teams that perform better, enjoy higher quality of life and sustain themselves over the long run. The purpose of Leading Mindfully is to identify and transform your unwanted leadership results. You'll learn a powerful and practical set of skills to help you better manage your thoughts, emotions, messages and performance in the context of difficult conversations and leading change. Drawn from neuroscience, psychology and management research, and inspired by mindfulness, yoga and acting methods, faculty members from Darden and the Drucker School of Management have partnered to guide you through an experiential 3.5-day program that offers hands-on training in action-focused and results-oriented centering activities. In fact, the majority of the program will be conducted in an auditorium, because when you are a leader, you are always "on stage."

    The Program

    Leading Mindfully introduces the practice of skillful self-management so you can lead others more effectively. By learning to re-center in high-performance situations, you can develop a higher quality of attention, connect more authentically with others, lead more intentionally and produce better results. Throughout this program you will work on a specific personal leadership project that will provide a context for practicing new skills.

    To help sustain your learning and behavior change, you will also engage in four weeks of structured follow-up, supported by an online community of your fellow participants and coaching from the faculty.

    Where You'll Excel

    • Take centered action and improve your results
    • Change your relationship to fear and increase your resilience
    • Promote real and candid conversations
    • Increase your capacity to engage and inspire others
    • Lay the groundwork for innovative and productive action
    • Fulfill your leadership potential and support your organization's purpose

    Schedule & Topics

    • The Costs of Mindless Leadership and How to Fix It
    • The Hidden Connection Between Quality of Attention and Quality of Results
    • Why Managing Your Nervous System Is Key to Managing Yourself
    • How to Better Embody the Role of the Leader
    • How to Have Conversations That Connect


    You'll walk away from Leading Mindfully with:

    • Comprehension of the costs of mindless leadership
    • Ability to identify and transform your unwanted leadership results
    • The science behind leading mindfully and methods for renewing yourself and enhancing your leadership presence
    • Increased capacity for critical and innovative thinking
    • Greater stamina for dealing with ambiguity and change within yourself and within your team


    This program is for high-potential and experienced senior managers and leaders who have responsibilities managing direct reports and seek to increase their performance by becoming more engaged, self-aware and balanced and who need to reduce stress, increase resilience and better manage themselves. 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

    Darden School of Business
    Charlottesville, Virginia

    As a participant, you'll stay in a private room at the  Inn at Darden, our highly rated hotel adjacent to the classroom buildings and dining center. Accommodations are included in your tuition.

    Tuition & Certificates

    $4,900 covers materials, meals and accommodations at the  Inn at Darden.

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