Developing compassionate leadership through mindfulness

This innovative programme will help health and social care leaders to create compassionate cultures and develop mindful practice.

An increasing body of evidence suggests mindful practice, i.e. paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, without judgement, to things as they are (Jon Kabat Zinn), can have a significant impact on key leadership qualities, including clarity, curiosity, courage, creativity and working with conflict.

A cultural shift in health and social care is currently underway, with a focus on improving patient experience and creating compassionate environments for both patients and staff.

Mindfulness enables compassion and compassionate leadership, which is key for the provision of safe, high-quality care and the cornerstone of shaping the cultural shift called for in the recent Francis, Keogh and Berwick reports and the Five Year Forward View.

Who is it for?

This programme has been designed for those leading in complex systems and uncertain environments.

How will you benefit from this programme?

This programme will help you to:

  • develop your leadership practice
  • experience the benefits of mindfulness on wellbeing, emotional intelligence, authenticity, interpersonal relationships, managing complexity and leadership presence
  • become more self-aware, positive, resilient and able to respond with compassion to others
  • become more effective in leading and engaging others, enabling them to respond with compassion
  • become skilled and confident in practising and applying mindfulness in leadership roles including through maintaining focus and staying in the moment.

What will you do on this programme?

This is a residential six-day programme spread over four months. The programme integrates mindfulness practices with current and future approaches to leadership practices. Participants will be supported to put these skills into practice in between sessions. You will be working in small groups and with one-to-one support, focusing on the real work-based situations that you encounter.

You will learn and practise different ways to develop mindfulness and explore how it can contribute to developing compassionate leadership practices, through:

  • enhancing attention and concentration
  • increasing creativity and flexibility
  • working capably in complex systems and uncertain environments
  • creating meaning and purpose
  • making effective and balanced decisions
  • responding effectively to difference and conflict
  • acting with compassion and kindness
  • enhancing relationships and partnerships
  • enabling authenticity and courageous action
  • working ethically and wisely
  • developing cultural intelligence.