Awakening Insight: Exploring the Inner Wisdom of Mindfulness Within Leader Development (D4)
Mindfulness is a powerful resource for enhancing self-care and leadership qualities (Brown & Ryan, 2015) and is an important endeavor since mindfulness is absent within most leadership development interventions (Day, Fleenor, Atwater, Sturm & McGee, 2014; Black, Soto & Spurlin, 2016). This session will engage participants in experiential and arts-integrated methods while exploring recent research on mindful leader development in higher education. Several scholars state how important it is to integrate self-development into higher leadership education (Shankman, Allen & Shankman, Allen and Haber-Curran, 2015) and this session will explore potential research on the practical application for learning and engagement in mindful leadership. Mindfulness is a competency that advances the soft-skills required for effective leadership development (Adler, 2010; Garavan et al., 2015; Kolb, 2009) and as a result this research will investigate mindfulness as a sources of motivation for learning of leadership development (DeRue and Myers, 2014).