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Work/life balance continues to be a key issue for women in the workplace, and for women who hold leadership positions, the struggle to maintain balance is even more difficult with increased pressure and responsibility at work. Female leaders also face unique challenges that if unchecked, can limit our ability to effectively lead. Mindful Leadership for Women is a program that explores how applying the practice of mindfulness can help cultivate a leadership presence and can enable leaders to create boundaries for balance. The 4-week session will explore the following topics and will include both formal and informal meditation practice and group discussion.
Week 1: Introduction to Mindfulness – in this session we will discuss the fundamentals of Mindfulness and how applying the practice helps us to manage our Stress Response System. By better managing our Stress Response System we can lead from a place of calm and focus. By setting an intention to practice we create the habits that allow us to lead with consistency, and consistency builds trust – a key attribute for any effective leader. Week 2: Awareness & Body Awareness – in this session we will learn how to check in with the elements of our experience – becoming aware of the thoughts, feelings, beliefs, emotions that we bring to our experience and how our experience manifests through sensations in the body. Additionally, we’ll explore how mental stress creates tension and fatigue in the body, which limits our ability to effectively lead. Learning how to set an intention to practice heightened awareness will enable the group to better understand when and how they are triggered for stress. Week 3: Inquiry – in this session we will explore the triggers of our stress with an intent to understand the root cause, so that we can better manage our reactions to stress. We will review some common habitual styles of thinking, that when left unnoticed, drive behavior and cause stress and anxiety. Mindfulness helps us monitor these thought patterns and helps us to begin to explore and understand how our thoughts influence our experience. By understanding ourselves – our minds – we can better lead ourselves, which ultimately enables us to be a better leader for others. Week 4: Creating Space – by becoming aware of, and understanding our stress triggers, we can begin to take better control over how we react to stress. Mindfulness gives us the tools to create space between stress triggers and whether or not we act on them. Leaders who can create space between stress triggers and their reactions to them lead with more focus, clarity and creativity. Modeling this behavior creates trust, respect and credibility for leaders looking to inspire their teams. Perhaps most importantly, creating space helps us define boundaries between work life and personal life, helping us to find balance while increasing effectiveness. For questions about this course, please contact the instructor: Mary Jo Hardy, Applied Mindfulness Specialist Email: Maryjohardy22@gmail.com Phone: 716-545-0629