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Mindful Leadership is an 8-week course that certifies science-based mindfulness skills for supervisors, managers, and executive leaders

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Course Contents

The Mindful Leadership course includes:

  • Pre-and-post course assessment

  • A live 90-minute master class

  • 8 weekly self-study lessons

  • 8 weekly progress exams

  • 8 week series of daily video practices

  • 8 optional coaching sessions

  • A comprehensive final exam

  • Membership access to IOM research, information and tools

  • Unlimited 24/7 phone, text, chat and email support

Graduates Earn:

  • IOM-ML Certificate of knowledge, practice, and skills

  • IOM-ML Certification digital credentials

  • 7.5 SHRM and 7.5 HRCI recertification credits

  • Free annual recertification

  • Lifetime access to IOM Global Alumni Community

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Course Overview:

The Mindful Leadership Certification (IOM-ML) is designed for high-potentials and leaders at every level of the enterprise. It is a comprehensive introduction to the science and practice of mindfulness, applied to develop the most important mental and emotional skills for effective leadership.

Mindfulness is brain management for personal performance. Over the past decade, it’s been adopted by the world’s most elite organizations, including the U.S. Olympics Team, the U.S. Navy Seals and Special Forces, Formula One Racing, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons - and by dozens of world-class athletes and professional sports teams.

Top global business schools, including Harvard, Wharton, Stanford, London School of Economics and INSEAD have incorporated mindful leadership into their core management programs. And the world’s most accomplished entrepreneurs and business leaders - including the CEOs at 7 of the 10 most valuable global companies - are practicing mindfulness.

Science-based mindfulness is a force-multiplier for personal performance and effectiveness. This course builds on B-school insights, and lessons learned in the corporate trenches, to explore the principles and practices of mindfulness - and how they transform leadership results.

Learning Objectives

Personal Capabilities

You'll Learn:

  • Reduce stress, anxiety and distraction

  • Reduce reactivity and automatic behaviors

  • Increase focus and attentional control

  • Increase self-and situational awareness

  • Increase emotional regulation and self-control

  • Increase social and emotional intelligence

  • Increase agility and adaptability

  • Increase mental toughness, grit and resilience

Leadership Capabilities

You'll Learn:

  • Increase authenticity and trustworthiness

  • Increase creativity and problem-solving

  • Increase empathy, care and compassion

  • Increase critical thinking and decision-making

  • Lead with calm, objectivity and patience

  • Lead through increasing complexity

  • Lead through volatile change and uncertainty

  • Inspire, influence and mobilize others

Course Outline

Week 1: Introduction to Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a process of neural training that helps us intentionally change our mindsets and behaviors. This class is a comprehensive introduction to the nature, hands-on practice, outcomes and application of science-based mindfulness.

You will learn: 

  • The neuroscience, biology and psychology of mindfulness, including research outcomes in health and wellbeing, cognitive performance and emotional intelligence.

  • The essential practices of mindfulness: Present Awareness, Breath Control, Breath Meditation, Visualization and Insight Meditation - and how to apply them to optimize your physical, mental and emotional states

  • The foundational attitudes of mindfulness: Non-judgment, Patience, Beginner’s Mind, Trust, Non-Striving, Acceptance and Letting Go - and how to apply them to intentionally solve real problems in the real world

Week 2: Managing Leadership Stress and Burnout

According to Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) research, 88% percent of leaders cite work as the primary source of stress in their lives and believe that having a leadership role increases that stress - 60% cite the organization for failing to provide the tools they need to manage it.

You will learn: 

  • To recognize and reduce the stressors and triggers most common to managers and leaders.

  • To reframe and reduce self-criticism, negative rumination, anxiety and worry.

  • Mindfulness practices that reduce chronic stress and increase mental and emotional strength.

Week 3: Leadership Focus and Concentration

Focus, attention control and sustained concentration are critical leadership skills. This class explores the challenges of distraction and attention deficit - and neural strategies for dampening inbound signals while strengthening attention control.

You will learn: 

  • To reinforce brain circuits for directing and sustaining attention.

  • To intentionally control what to diffuse, what to pay attention to, and how.

  • Mindfulness practices that strengthen open awareness and focused attention.

Week 4: Leading Through Complexity

Markets and operating environments are ever-changing and becoming ever-more complex. This class explores ways that mindfulness can help us navigate through volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity - and lead others effectively through change.

You will learn:

  • How the brain struggles to adapt in an unpredictable and increasingly complex environment.

  • To de-center and regard changing circumstances with objectivity and equanimity.

  • Mindfulness practices that help us accept, adapt, and embrace change with an open and curious mind.

Week 5: Leading With Integrity and Trust

Effective leaders inspire, motivate and mobilize others, through authenticity, trustworthiness, and earned influence. This class shows how mindfulness impacts the complex mix of mental, emotional and interpersonal skills that comprise these capabilities.

You will learn:

  • The fundamentals of self-knowledge, authenticity and personal presence.

  • To identify and act on your most intentional beliefs, values and behaviors.  

  • Mindfulness practices that develop the behavioral traits that inspire trust, confidence and loyalty.

Week 6: Leading With Social and Emotional Intelligence

Social and emotional intelligence are central to effective leadership. This class shows how mindfulness strengthens the foundational traits of self awareness, self-regulation, empathy and compassion, effective communication, and social grace.

You will learn:

  • The most current framework and competencies that comprise social and emotional intelligence.

  • Mindfulness practices that cultivate self-awareness and self-control.

  • Mindfulness practices that cultivate care, kindness and compassionate behaviors.

Week 7 - Leadership Communication

Effective leaders are able to listen closely and respond with clarity while under great pressure. This class shows how mindfulness can be applied to train attention, and create the mental space to choose our most strategic response

You will learn:

  • To direct undivided attention.

  • To create connection, attunement, and rapport.

  • Mindfulness practices that strengthen effective communication skills.

Week 8 - Leadership Grit and Resilience

Leaders must be able to sustain energy under pressure, cope with disruptive changes, and adapt quickly. This class shows how mindfulness neural training creates the mental toughness, grit and resilience that drive peak performance.

You will learn:

  • To train the brain to face fear, take action and persevere. 

  • To train mental strength and emotional stability.

  • Mindfulness practices that help us to withstand, adapt, and recover from challenging circumstances.

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