Leading Mindfully

Leading Mindfully

Learn evidence-based practices to effectively lead under pressure and build your team’s resilience with compassion and communication.

Upcoming Dates

Program Dates
Time Commitment
Program Fee
Spring 2025
Live Virtual, Online
4 weeks, Mon & Wed, 1-2:30pm EDT


Gain the self-awareness you need to manage your reactions to stress and effectively make decisions under pressure. You’ll come away from this interactive program designed for business leaders with proven mindfulness practices you can implement right away to achieve personal growth and build your leadership capabilities.

Designed for busy professionals, live virtual sessions with faculty will be held Mondays & Wednesdays, 1-2:30pm EDT.

Intended For

Individual Contributor, Team Leader, Senior Management, Executive



Program Overview

Embark on a personal leadership journey that is designed for leaders at any level who need to strengthen their resilience. Discover proven techniques to overcome your own feelings of stress and burnout and use those tools to become a stronger leader. Use learnings from this program to tackle some of today’s toughest leadership challenges, including employee burnout, building relationships in a hybrid workforce and driving innovation in times of disruption.

  • Bring your own personal leadership challenges and work on them directly through experiential learning.
  • Identify and transform personal triggers and habits of attention that influence your ability to take effective action.
  • Engage in exercises - inspired by meditation, yoga, improvisation and acting - all designed to help you observe your own leadership in action.
  • Discover how to balance "grit and grace" by cultivating the focus and determination of grit and the calm and kindness of grace through mindful and compassion practices.
  • Format & Time Commitment

    This program is designed for busy, working professionals. The entire program will run online over a four-week period with live virtual classes on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1-2:30pm EDT.

    Between live virtual classes, participants will have the opportunity to practice daily exercises, apply learning in real-time in their own settings, and check-in with peers and instructors via an online learning platform.

  • Session Topics
    • Introduction to Leading Mindfully
    • Managing Your Survival Reactions
    • Steadying for Action
    • Navigating Crisis, Change, & Transitions
    • Seeing What's Real & Taking Action
    • Adapting & Leading on the Fly
    • Practicing Your Moves
    • Learning Done, Learning Yet to Come
  • Impact & Outcomes

    By the end of this program, you will be able to:

    • Incorporate daily, practical methods for centering yourself and projecting a leadership presence that rings true in you and with others.
    • Become more present so you can focus on the right priorities for yourself and your organization.
    • Increase your resilience and ability to self-manage while increasing your team’s resilience and ability to self-manage.
    • Engage your people and communicate with greater clarity and effectiveness.
    • Create a resilient organizational culture.
  • Participant Profile

    Leading Mindfully is designed for business leaders at any level in every industry who would like proven techniques to manage stress, thrive in disruption and lead more resilient teams.

    In order to be awarded full credit hours, you must be present for the entirety of the program.

  • Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Sponsorship

    UVA Darden Executive Education offers continuing education credits as part of our commitment to encourage lifelong learning. 

    • Instructional Delivery: Group Live
    • CPE Credits: 18.0
    • Field of Study: Personal Development
    • Program Level: Beginner

    There are no prerequisites for participation. Advanced preparation includes:

    • Pre-reading
    • Reflective Writing: Leadership Challenges

    The selected case studies, readings, assessments, and exercises will be sent prior to the program for all participants to read and prepare for discussion on the first day of the program.

    Refund/Cancelation/Concern Resolution Policy:

    All cancellations and transfers must be received in writing. Submit your request via email to [email protected] with the name of the program, followed by "cancellation" or "transfer" in the subject line. Cancellation or transfer fees may apply. Visit our Registration & FAQ page for full details on transfers and cancellations. 

    If you have any questions, concerns or complaints, please contact us at 1-434-924-3000 or [email protected] to resolve your issue.

    UVA Darden School Foundation - Executive Education is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Concerns regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org.

We are currently in an extremely challenging and changing environment. While there are many advantages to working remotely, managing associates in this way presents unique challenges. Creating trust, open communication, and the connection necessary for collaborative work relationship requires specific strategies and tools. This class arms you with what is needed to be successful.

D. Grace Mendoza
Sr. Manager of Operations, Capital One Auto Finance
Certificate in Leadership & Management

Earn Your Certificate

The Leading Mindfully program counts as one program toward a noncredit Darden Certificate in Leadership & Management. Complete this program and three additional programs within a four-year period to earn your certificate.



Elizabeth A. Powell

Julie Logan Sands Associate Professor of Business Administration, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Director, Compassionate Care Initiative

Jeremy Hunter

Jeremy Hunter

Associate Professor of Business Administration, Drucker School of Management, Claremont Graduate University

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